• Black-Faced Cuckoo-Shrike (image) Birds and Animals

    That’s a Black-Faced Cuckoo-Shrike!


Centennial Parklands is a birdwatching haven and from time to time we see some striking birdlife – and some birdlife with fantastic names, like this one: the Black-Faced Cuckoo-Shrike!

We have a pretty active birdwatching community in the Parklands, and one ‘twitcher’ is Trevor Waller, who leads our popular Birdwatcher’s Breakfast tours. Trevor told us about this great bird:

The Black-faced Cuckoo-Shrike is a stunning bird, one of my favourites. When they land on a branch they “shuffle” their wings by lifting first one then the other wing up off the body repeatedly. This gives them their other name of Shufflewing. Their call is a rolling ‘churring’ that is quite musical (you can actually hear the bird call on this webpage).

This species can be found throughout Australia in rainforests, woodlands, forests, parks and gardens. Their main diet is insects and invertebrates.

A great photo of a Black-Faced Cuckoo-Shrike in Centennial Park by Trevor Waller

A great photo of a Black-Faced Cuckoo-Shrike in Centennial Park by Trevor Waller


More information about the Black-faced Cuckoo-Shrike



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