Family Laughingthrushes and allies (Leiotrichidae)

Near Threatened

Black-crowned Capuchin Babbler (Phyllanthus rubiginosus)


French: Phyllanthe rubigineux German: Schwarzkappen-Kapuzinerhäherling Spanish: Charlatán rufo

Garrulax rubiginosus


, 1865,

no locality = Accra, Ghana#R


Hitherto treated as conspecific with P. atripennis and P. bohndorffi, but differs from latter in characters given under that species and from former in grey of throat not extending onto breast (2); lack of blackish coloration bordering hood (2); blackish vs grey-scaled crown (3); and perhaps slightly smaller size (ns). Name haynesi (described from Accra, Ghana) is a junior synonym. Monotypic.


S Ivory Coast E to C & S Nigeria and W Cameroon.

Descriptive notes

21–24 cm. Stout, chunky, short-tailed babbler, blackish maroon with creamy-yellowish bill, grey head and distinctive hoarse calls. Adult has brighter reddish-chestnut body... read more


No known differences in voice between this species and P. atripennis.


Inhabits very dense understorey of dry semi-evergreen rainforest, near or far from rivers, more... read more

Food and feeding

Diet poorly known, but believed to be largely insectivorous although the species has been observed pecking at fruit. Forages in lower and... read more


Basically unknown; one bird in Ghana in late Mar had an old brood patch.



Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Currently considered Near Threatened. Generally uncommon to fairly common but local across range; densities locally high, but overall population is... read more

Recommended citation

del Hoyo, J., Collar, N. & Kirwan, G.M. (2020). Black-crowned Capuchin Babbler (Phyllanthus rubiginosus). In: del Hoyo, J., Elliott, A., Sargatal, J., Christie, D.A. & de Juana, E. (eds.). Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive. Lynx Edicions, Barcelona. (retrieved from on 22 February 2020).