Malaconotidae – Bushshrikes, Tchagras, Puffbacks & Boubous

Bokmakierie Telophorus zeylonus ©Trevor Hardaker Website

According to most authorities, there are 48 species in this family, which are:

Fiery-breasted Bushshrike Malaconotus cruentus

Monteiro’s Bushshrike Malaconotus monteiri

Grey-headed Bushshrike Malaconotus blanchoti

Lagden’s Bushshrike Malaconotus lagdeni

Green-breasted Bushshrike Malaconotus gladiator

Uluguru Bushshrike Malaconotus alius

Mount Kupe Bushshrike Chlorophoneus kupeensis

Many-colored Bushshrike Chlorophoneus multicolor

Black-fronted Bushshrike Chlorophoneus nigrifrons

Olive Bushshrike Chlorophoneus olivaceus

Bocage’s Bushshrike Chlorophoneus bocagei

Orange-breasted Bushshrike Chlorophoneus sulfureopectus

Gorgeous Bushshrike Chlorophoneus viridis

Four-colored Bushshrike Chlorophoneus quadricolor

Doherty’s Bushshrike Chlorophoneus dohertyi

Bokmakierie Telophorus zeylonus

Rosy-patched Bushshrike Rhodophoneus cruentus

Marsh Tchagra Bocagia minuta

Brown-crowned Tchagra Tchagra australis

Three-streaked Tchagra Tchagra jamesi

Southern Tchagra Tchagra tchagra

Black-crowned Tchagra Tchagra senegalus

Sabine’s Puffback Dryoscopus sabini

Pink-footed Puffback Dryoscopus angolensis

Red-eyed Puffback Dryoscopus senegalensis

Black-backed Puffback Dryoscopus cubla

Northern Puffback Dryoscopus gambensis

Pringle’s Puffback Dryoscopus pringlii

Lowland Sooty Boubou Laniarius leucorhynchus

Mountain Sooty Boubou Laniarius poensis

Fülleborn’s Boubou Laniarius fuelleborni

Slate-colored Boubou Laniarius funebris

Lühder’s Bushshrike Laniarius luehderi

Braun’s Bushshrike Laniarius brauni

Gabela Bushshrike Laniarius amboimensis

Red-naped Bushshrike Laniarius ruficeps

Tropical Boubou Laniarius aethiopicus

Somali Boubou Laniarius erlangeri

Zanzibar Boubou Laniarius sublacteus

Southern Boubou Laniarius ferrugineus

Swamp Boubou Laniarius bicolor

Turati’s Boubou Laniarius turatii

Yellow-crowned Gonolek Laniarius barbarus

Papyrus Gonolek Laniarius mufumbiri

Black-headed Gonolek Laniarius erythrogaster

Crimson-breasted Shrike Laniarius atrococcineus

Yellow-breasted Boubou Laniarius atroflavus

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Species Links
  • Crimson-breasted Shrike Laniarius atrococcineus

    The crimson-breasted shrike (Laniarius atrococcineus) or the crimson-breasted gonolek, ('gonolek' - supposedly imitative of its call), is a southern African bird. The species is closely related to two other bushshrikes, the yellow-crowned gonolek (Laniarius barbarus) and the black-headed gonolek (Laniarius erythrogaster) of East Africa.
  • Grey-headed Bush-shrike Malaconotus blanchoti

    The Grey-headed Bushshrike (Malaconotus blanchoti) is a species of bird in the Malaconotidae family.
  • Rosy-patched Bush-shrike Rhodophoneus cruentus

    The Bush-shrikes include a number of very attractive species with distinctive colouration. This is definitely true of the Rosy-patched Bush-shrike which cannot be confused with anything else (which makes it a favourite of ours!)…
Number of Species
  • Number of bird species: 48

Useful Reading
  • Shrikes and Bush-shrikes

    Including Wood-shrikes, Helmet-shrikes, Shrike Flycatchers, Philentomas, Batises and Wattle-eyes | By Tony Harris & Kim Franklin | Bloomsbury | 2000 ISBN: 0713638613 Buy this book from

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