Family Laughingthrushes and allies (Leiotrichidae)

Least Concern

Grey-caped Capuchin Babbler (Phyllanthus bohndorffi)


French: Phyllanthe de Bohndorff German: Aschkopf-Kapuzinerhäherling Spanish: Charlatán capirotado

Crateropus bohndorffi


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Hitherto treated as conspecific with P. atripennis and P. rubiginosus, but differs from latter (which is much closer in both morphology and range) by its grey vs blackish crown (behind black forehead) (3); paler chestnut plumage (1); chestnut vs grey-scaled throat (2); and considerably smaller size (mean male tail 75.8 vs 82 but n=2 for P. rubiginosus; allow 1). Reported to intergrade with P. rubiginosus eastwards from Nigeria towards Central African Republic, in zone where precise distribution is unclear and very local. Monotypic.

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N Congo#R, S Central African Republic and NE DRCongo E to SW Uganda.

Descriptive notes

19–21 cm; 75–96 g. Stout, chunky, short-tailed babbler, blackish maroon with creamy-yellowish bill, grey head and distinctive hoarse calls. Adult has blackish forecrown, chin... read more


Usual call a clear, mournful, downslurred and thrush-like whistle, “hiiiu” or “fweeu”, but also... read more


Found in dense undergrowth and tangles in forest, especially secondary patches and edges. Keeps to... read more

Food and feeding

Diet basically unknown, but species is presumed to feed largely on insects. Forages in lower and middle storeys, to 3–4 m, and on ground.... read more


Birds in breeding condition in Jan–Feb and Jun–Oct (probably all year) in DRCongo; breeding-condition bird in Oct in Uganda. Nest and eggs... read more



Status and conservation

Not globally threatened (Least Concern). Generally uncommon to fairly common but local across range. Known from comparatively few localities in Central African Republic.... read more

Recommended citation

del Hoyo, J., Collar, N. & Kirwan, G.M. (2020). Grey-caped Capuchin Babbler (Phyllanthus bohndorffi). 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 18 February 2020).