Family Thrushes (Turdidae)

Near Threatened

Crossley's Ground-thrush (Geokichla crossleyi)


French: Grive de Crossley German: Crossleydrossel Spanish: Zorzal de Crossley

Turdus crossleyi


, 1871,

Cameroon Mountain, Cameroon


Frequently treated as a race of G. gurneyi; see that species. Two subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution
  • G. c. crossleyi (Sharpe, 1871) – SE Nigeria, Cameroon and S Congo.
  • G. c. pilettei (Schouteden, 1918) – NE DRCongo (Semliki Valley and W Itombwe Highlands).
  • Descriptive notes

    21·5 cm; 63–82 g. Nominate race is pale olive-brown on crown, hindneck and rest of upperparts, brighter on upper lores and rump; much darker wing-­coverts,... read more


    Song, sometimes from ground, a series of phrases consisting of 7–10 rich mellow whistles... read more


    Mid-elevation primary montane forest, at 1000–2300 m in Cameroon (seasonal records lower),... read more

    Food and feeding

    Mainly insects; some seeds. Forages on ground in deep cover.


    Breeding-condition birds Apr–Jun in Nigeria, Apr, Jun and Aug in Cameroon and Aug–Nov in DRCongo, all of which suggests... read more


    Individual in Cameroon trapped at 650 m in Dec and retrapped at 200 m in Jan, indicating vertical... read more

    Status and conservation

    Not globally threatened. Currently considered Near-threatened. Rare to locally fairly common. Generally rare but widely distributed in Cameroon; fairly common to very common... read more

    Recommended citation

    Collar, N. (2020). Crossley's Ground-thrush (Geokichla crossleyi). 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).