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Blue cuckooshrike

Blue cuckooshrike
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Domain: Eukaryota
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Order: Passeriformes
Family: Campephagidae
Genus: Cyanograucalus
Hartlaub, 1861
C. azureus
Binomial name
Cyanograucalus azureus
(Cassin, 1852)
  • Coracina azurea

The blue cuckooshrike (Cyanograucalus azureus) is a species of bird in the Cuckooshrike family, Campephagidae. It is found from Sierra Leone and Liberia to eastern and south-western Democratic Republic of Congo. Its natural habitats are subtropical or tropical dry forests and subtropical or tropical moist lowland forests.

This species was formerly placed in the genus Coracina. A molecular phylogenetic study published in 2010 found the genus Coracina was non-monophyletic. In the resulting reorganization to create monophyletic genera, the blue cuckooshrike is the only species placed in the resurrected genus Cyanograucalus.[2][3]


  1. ^ BirdLife International (2016). "Cyanograucalus azureus". IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. 2016: e.T22706548A94076351. doi:10.2305/IUCN.UK.2016-3.RLTS.T22706548A94076351.en. Retrieved 12 November 2021.
  2. ^ Jønsson, K.A.; Bowie, R.C.K.; Nylander, J.A.A.; Christidis, L.; Norman, J.A.; Fjeldså, J. (2010). "Biogeographical history of cuckoo-shrikes (Aves: Passeriformes): transoceanic colonization of Africa from Australo-Papua". Journal of Biogeography. 37 (9): 1767–1781. doi:10.1111/j.1365-2699.2010.02328.x. S2CID 52105369.
  3. ^ Gill, Frank; Donsker, David, eds. (2019). "Bristlehead, butcherbirds, woodswallows, ioras, cuckooshrikes, Shriketit". World Bird List Version 9.2. International Ornithologists' Union. Retrieved 23 August 2019.

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