Family Bush-shrikes (Malaconotidae)


Green-breasted Bush-shrike (Malaconotus gladiator)


French: Gladiateur à poitrine verte German: Grünbrustwürger Spanish: Gladiador pechiverde

Laniarius gladiator


, 1892,

Buea, Mount Cameroon, Cameroon


It has been argued that this taxon, restricted to W Cameroon and extreme SE Nigeria, is no more than a colour morph of M. monteiri, an Angolan near-endemic of questionable occurrence in W Cameroon, and, conversely, that a specimen and two sightings of M. monteiri (from Mt Cameroon and Mt Kupe) relate to colour varieties of present species; see also M. monteiri. Monotypic.


SE Nigeria (Obudu Plateau and Cross River National Park) and W Cameroon (Bamenda–Banso Highlands, Bakossi Mts, Mt Manengouba, Mt Kupe, Mt Nlonako, Rumpi Hills, Dikume Balue, and Mt Cameroon above Bonenza and Buea).

Descriptive notes

25–28 cm; 99 g. A large, green bush-shrike with powerful, deep, hook-tipped bill. All of head down to hindneck, side of neck and malar area rather dark grey; rest of... read more


Song, audible for at least 1 km, of 3–10 drawn-out, mournful, ventriloquial, low-pitched... read more


Wet, gloomy primary and secondary montane evergreen forests, often on steep, dissected terrain, at... read more

Food and feeding

Insects, including large green locusts (Acrididae), apparently hunted in canopy by gleaning. Occurs singly and in pairs.


Gonads slightly hypertrophied in Dec. No other information.



Status and conservation

VULNERABLE. Restricted range species: present in Cameroon Mountains EBA. Rare in most of small global range. Fairly common at 1100–1400 m in Bakossi Mts, where at least... read more

Recommended citation

Fry, H. (2020). Green-breasted Bush-shrike (Malaconotus gladiator). 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).