Family Laughingthrushes and allies (Leiotrichidae)

Near Threatened

Grey-hooded Capuchin Babbler (Phyllanthus atripennis)


French: Phyllanthe capucin German: Schwarzflügel-Kapuzinerhäherling Spanish: Charlatán capuchino

Crateropus atripennis


, 1837,



Hitherto treated as conspecific with P. rubiginosus and P. bohndorffi. Monotypic.


W Gambia and SW Senegal S to Liberia and WC Ivory Coast.

Descriptive notes

21–24 cm; 75–96 g. Stout, chunky, short-tailed babbler, blackish-maroon with creamy-yellowish bill, grey head and distinctive hoarse calls. Nominate race has... read more


Chorus song an excited raucous cackling mixed with grating trills, “krrrrrr…” or “keke­keke…”,... read more


Shady undergrowth, thick leafy tangles, dense thickets and lush streamside growth in broadleaf... read more

Food and feeding

Mainly invertebrates, including ants (Formicidae), small beetles (Coleoptera), cockroaches (Mantodea), grasshoppers (Orthoptera),... read more


Nest-building in Jun and food-carrying in Nov in Gambia; birds in breeding condition in Mar and Jun–Aug in Liberia; Nov–Feb in... read more



Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Generally uncommon to fairly common but local across range. Rare but evidently resident in Gambia; fairly common in Senegal in SW; frequent in... read more

Recommended citation

Collar, N. & Robson, C. (2017). Grey-hooded Capuchin Babbler (Phyllanthus atripennis). 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 20 November 2017).