Family Thrushes (Turdidae)

Least Concern

Grey Ground-thrush (Geokichla princei)


French: Grive olivâtre German: Ghanadrossel Spanish: Zorzal de Ghana

Chamætylas princei


, 1874,

Denkera, in the interior of Fantee, Ghana


Duller race batesi has been considered closely related to race graueri of G. camaronensis. Two subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution
  • G. p. princei (Sharpe, 1874) – Prince's Ground-thrush – E Sierra Leone and Liberia E to Ghana.
  • G. p. batesi (Sharpe, 1905) – Bates's Ground-thrush – S Nigeria, W & S Cameroon and N Gabon; NE DRCongo and W Uganda.
  • Descriptive notes

    21–22 cm; 59–83 g. Nominate race dark greyish-brown above, with rusty rump and uppertail-coverts; distinctive broad dark double bar on paler face; dark brown... read more


    Song unknown. Call a long high rolling trill, “tsssrrr”, used for contact, and thin high “siiip” in... read more


    Lowland primary forest, riverine forest and moist secondary growth, to 550 m in Liberia and 610 m... read more

    Food and feeding

    Recorded food items to date only animals, mainly invertebrates such as earthworms, snails, millipedes and insects, including grasshoppers... read more


    Jun and Aug in Liberia, Aug in Nigeria and Oct–Apr in Gabon; breeding-condition birds Mar–Apr in Cameroon; Jun and Oct in... read more


    Sedentary in Gabon, and probably throughout range.

    Status and conservation

    Not globally threatened. Considered rare in W Africa, but present in Comoé and Taï Forest National Parks, in Ivory Coast, and locally common in parts of Liberia, e.g. fairly... read more

    Recommended citation

    Collar, N. (2019). Grey Ground-thrush (Geokichla princei). 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 10 December 2019).