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cuckoo-shrike or "messengerbird", Coracina spp.

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White-bellied cuckoo-shrike, Cairns, NQ [PH]

The white-bellied cuckoo-shrike, Coracina papuensis (family Campephagidae), (shown in the accompanying image), and the black-faced cuckoo-shrike, Coracina novaehollandiae, are both common in wooded country across the interior of Cape York Peninsula. They are commonly referred to as "messengerbird." The cuckoo-shrikes are basically grey birds with white bellies. The white-bellied has black between the beak and the eyes and the black-faced has black covering the face and upper breast.

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