Family Thrushes (Turdidae)

Least Concern

Black-eared Ground-thrush (Geokichla camaronensis)


French: Grive du Cameroun German: Kamerundrossel Spanish: Zorzal camerunés

Geocichla camaronensis


, 1905,

Efulen, Cameroon


Race kibalensis has been considered a separate species on basis largely of its higher-elevation habitat, but graueri inhabits similar forest at only slightly lower altitudes; graueri has been thought closely related to race batesi of G. princei, to which it is very similar in plumage. Three subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution
  • G. c. camaronensis (Sharpe, 1905) – Black-eared Ground-thrush – Cameroon, Equatorial Guinea and Gabon. Recently recorded in S Congo (Koubotchi) and W DRCongo (Luki Forest)#R.
  • G. c. graueri (Sassi, 1914) – Grauer's Ground-thrush – NE DRCongo and W Uganda.
  • G. c. kibalensis (Prigogine, 1978) – Kibale Forest, in W Uganda.
  • Descriptive notes

    16·5–18 cm; 42–57 g. Nominate race resembles a small, small-billed version of Z. gurneyi, but with distinctive broad dark double bar on paler face... read more


    Song undescribed; calls include thin high “ssreee”, probably in alarm, and “tssrr... read more


    Lowland primary forest and transition forest, race graueri ranging up to 1370 m, ... read more

    Food and feeding

    Invertebrates, including small snails and insects such as beetles, ants and cockroaches. Forages on ground, scratching at leaf-litter with... read more


    Nests found Sept–Oct, and breeding-condition bird and fledgling in May, in Uganda; breeding-condition bird in Jun and fledglings and... read more


    Presumably resident.

    Status and conservation

    Not globally threatened. Race kibalensis known only from two specimens collected in 1966, despite subsequent searches, and evidently very rare. Other races very... read more

    Recommended citation

    Collar, N. (2020). Black-eared Ground-thrush (Geokichla camaronensis). 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 28 February 2020).