Family Bush-shrikes (Malaconotidae)

Least Concern

Fülleborn's Boubou (Laniarius fuelleborni)


French: Gonolek de Fülleborn German: Füllebornwürger Spanish: Bubú de Fülleborn

Dryoscopus fülleborni


, 1900,

Usafua, north of Lake Nyasa, south Tanzania


Has often been treated as conspecific with L. poensis (which see). Races may represent two genetically distinct species#R. Slightly smaller and slatier-coloured birds from Uluguru Mts described as race ulugurensis, but seem barely distinguishable from usambaricus. Two subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution
  • L. f. usambaricus Rand, 1957 – Usambara Boubou – Eastern Arc mountains (Usambaras, Ngurus, Ukagurus, Ulugurus), in Tanzania.
  • L. f. fuelleborni (Reichenow, 1900) – Fülleborn's Boubou – Tanzania S of Uluguru Mts, N Malawi and extreme E Zambia (Nyika Plateau).
  • Descriptive notes

    18–20 cm; male 46–53 g, female 43–47 g, unsexed 37–53 g. Male nominate race is mostly greyish-black with variable bluish cast, rump plumage very full... read more


    Very vocal, with varied repertoire of rattles, scolds, fluty whistles, grunts and trills. Male and... read more


    Moist montane and submontane forest, dense undergrowth and regrowth, forest edges, bamboo groves... read more

    Food and feeding

    Invertebrates, including caterpillars, ants (Formicidae), grasshoppers (Orthoptera) and snails (Gastropoda). Solitary or in pairs;... read more


    Few details available. Season Dec–Feb in Tanzania, Sept–Jan (mainly Nov) in Malawi, and Nov–Jan in Zambia. Nest a shallow... read more


    Resident; highly sedentary, longest movement in Malawi only 250 m. Thought to be altitudinal... read more

    Status and conservation

    Not globally threatened. Restricted range species: present in Tanzania-Malawi Mountains EBA. Reasonably common in most of range; in continuous forest 2–3 pairs/10 ha,... read more

    Recommended citation

    Fry, H. (2020). Fülleborn's Boubou (Laniarius fuelleborni). 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 21 February 2020).