The Black-faced Cuckoo-shrike is found in almost any wooded habitat where it feeds on insects, seeds and fruit. Food may be eaten from the ground, insects caught in the air or sourced from foliage.

Black-faced Cuckoo-shrikes usually mate for life and share the duties of nest building as well as raising the young.

White-bellied Cuckoo-shrikes are more plentiful in Queensland and northern Australia, where they may be seen singly or in pairs feeding in the tree canopies, but occasionally down in the shrub layer where suitable food is available. They feed mainly on arthropods but fruit, seeds and nectar are also taken.