Family Bush-shrikes (Malaconotidae)


Mount Kupe Bush-shrike (Chlorophoneus kupeensis)


French: Gonolek du Kupé German: Halsbandwürger Spanish: Bubú del Kupé

Chlorophoneus kupeensis


, 1951,

Kupe Mountain, Kumba Division, Cameroon


Affinities obscure; appears intermediate between Telophorus and present genus in size and bill size (but underwing pattern like Malaconotus), has palate orange, not black (as in other bush-shrikes), and voice more like that of a babbler (Timaliidae) than that of a bush-shrike. Perhaps better provisionally separated in its own genus. Monotypic.


Extreme SE Nigeria (NE Cross River National Park, Afi Mountain Wildlife Sanctuary)#R and uplands of SW Cameroon (Banyang Mbo, Bakossi Mts, Mt Kupe)#R.

Descriptive notes

17·5–21·5 cm. Occurs in two plumage morphs, possibly sex-related but this unlikely. "Necklace morph" (previously thought to be male) has black... read more


In Cameroon, two presumed territorial males by L Edib, each accompanied by a presumed female (... read more


Primary forest with relatively open understorey, sometimes on steep hillsides; at 930–1550 m. read more

Food and feeding

Insects, including beetles (Coleoptera), grasshoppers (Orthoptera) and caterpillars. Forages usually 3–4 m above ground, sometimes... read more


No information. Pairs seem to be territorial.



Status and conservation

ENDANGERED. Restricted range species: present in Cameroon Mountains EBA. In Cameroon, occurs on Mt Kupé, in Bakossi Mts and in S Banyang Mbo Wildlife Sanctuary;... read more

Recommended citation

Fry, H. & de Juana, E. (2020). Mount Kupe Bush-shrike (Chlorophoneus kupeensis). 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 23 February 2020).