Family Thrushes (Turdidae)

Near Threatened

Oberländer's Ground-thrush (Geokichla oberlaenderi)


French: Grive d’Oberländer German: Oberländerdrossel Spanish: Zorzal de Oberlaender

Geocichla gurneyi oberlaenderi


, 1914,

between Beni and Mawambi, north-eastern DRCongo


Has in the past been considered a race of G. piaggiae or G. gurneyi. Monotypic.


NE DRCongo (Ituri, Kivu) and SW Uganda (Bwindi Impenetrable Forest; may no longer exist in Bwamba Forest).

Descriptive notes

19–20 cm; 41–48 g. Head rufous-brown, with broken white eyering and blackish subocular smudge; darkish olive-rufous upperparts, with darker wing-coverts, and two... read more


Song a rambling series of endlessly varied phrases of 2–12 sweet, fluty, mellow whistles,... read more


Primary lowland and transitional forest, 700–1300 m in north of range, 1080–1420 m in... read more

Food and feeding

Invertebrates, including slugs, and insect larvae such as caterpillars.


Nest found in May–Jun and breeding-condition bird in Jul in Uganda, and fledglings seen in Mar and Sept in DRCongo; probably breeds... read more


Probably sedentary; possible local movement suggested by fact that all Ugandan specimens were... read more

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Currently considered Near Threatened. Restricted-range species: present in Eastern Zaïre Lowlands EBA. Known only from three areas in DRCongo (... read more

Recommended citation

Collar, N. & de Juana, E. (2020). Oberländer's Ground-thrush (Geokichla oberlaenderi). 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 17 February 2020).