Cuckoo-shrikes are medium-sized grey birds which feed on “insects and small soft fruit such as native figs,” to quote Slaters’ invaluable Field Guide to Australian Birds yet again. There are four Australian species and all are found in the Townsville region although only one, the Black-faced Cuckoo-shrike, Coracina novaehollandiae, is a common visitor to my garden.
The one above was moving around in our poplar gum and poinciana a few days ago and I have photographed others in the last few years:
The White-bellied Cuckoo-shrike, Coracina papuensis, is similar to the immature Black-faced, but it is paler overall and the black on its face is only between beak and eye. The one below is the only one I have photographed in my garden although it is probably not the only one I have seen, since they are similar enough that I wouldn’t necessarily notice the difference.