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Species Guide

Common Cicadabird

Edolisoma tenuirostre

The Common Cicadabird, scientifically known as Edolisoma tenuirostre, is a member of the Campephagidae family. This avian species, also referred to as the Slender-billed Cicadabird, is recognized for its adeptness in inhabiting a variety of forested environments.

Identification Tips

Observers should note the cicadabird's slender bill, a distinctive feature that contributes to its common name. The plumage may vary among the numerous subspecies, providing a visual mosaic across its range.


The Common Cicadabird thrives in temperate forests as well as subtropical or tropical moist lowland forests, demonstrating its adaptability to diverse arboreal landscapes.


This species has a broad geographical reach, spanning across Australia, Indonesia, New Guinea, and the Solomon Islands. Its presence in these regions underscores a successful adaptation to various island ecosystems.


Described as a "great speciator," the Common Cicadabird exhibits a remarkable capacity for colonization and diversification, particularly noted during the Pleistocene epoch. This behavior has led to a wide dispersal across the Indo-Pacific island region.

Conservation status

The IUCN Red List categorizes the Common Cicadabird as Least Concern, indicating a stable population without immediate threats to its survival.


A plethora of subspecies have been documented, each with a unique geographical niche, ranging from the islands of Indonesia to the diverse landscapes of New Guinea and the northern to eastern territories of Australia. Notably, the subspecies E. t. nisorium was reclassified to the grey-capped cicadabird (E. remotum) after a reassessment of its taxonomic placement.

Similar Species

While the Common Cicadabird has a number of subspecies, it is important for birdwatchers to distinguish between these and closely related species, such as the grey-capped cicadabird, to avoid misidentification.

In the spirit of exploration and discovery, bird enthusiasts are encouraged to delve into the world of the Common Cicadabird, observing its nuances and the splendor it brings to the forests it calls home.

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14 Apr 2024 - 2:35am

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