Family Bush-shrikes (Malaconotidae)

Least Concern

Lowland Sooty Boubou (Laniarius leucorhynchus)


Taxonomy

French: Gonolek fuligineux German: Schwarzwürger Spanish: Bubú sombrío
Other common names: Sooty Boubou
Taxonomy:

Telophonus leucorhynchus

Hartlaub

, 1848,

Elmina, Ghana

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Genetic data#R indicate that this all-black species may be sister to black-and-scarlet S African L. atrococcineus. Monotypic.

Distribution:

Sierra Leone and SE Guinea E to S Togo, and SE Nigeria E to extreme SW South Sudan (Bengangai) and Uganda, S to extreme NW & NE Angola (Cabinda, N Lunda Norte) and C DRCongo.

Descriptive notes

21–22 cm; male 51–57 g, female 44–45 g. Male is jet-black with faint violet or blue gloss; feathers of lower back and rump very full, long and soft;... read more

Voice

Sings often, all year; pair sings in duet, which thought to serve for both contact and territorial... read more

Habitat

Dense undergrowth near lowland rainforest and in savanna woodland, to 900 m in Liberia and 1400 m... read more

Food and feeding

Orthoptera, butterflies and caterpillars (Lepidoptera), mantises (Mantidae), cicadas (Cicadidae), beetles (Coleoptera), large wasps (... read more

Breeding

Nest-building in May in Guinea; birds in fresh plumage and extended singing in Aug–Nov, nest with eggs in late Oct, females with... read more

Movements

Resident.

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Rare throughout much of W Africa, although locally frequent, probably overlooked; frequent or common in well-investigated parts of Congo Basin. In... read more

Recommended citation

Fry, H. (2020). Lowland Sooty Boubou (Laniarius leucorhynchus). 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 https://www.hbw.com/node/60516 on 31 March 2020).