Family Bush-shrikes (Malaconotidae)

Near Threatened

Papyrus Gonolek (Laniarius mufumbiri)


French: Gonolek des papyrus German: Papyruswürger Spanish: Bubú de los papiros

Laniarius mufumbiri


, 1911,

Mufumbiro Volcanoes = Vichumbi, Lake Edward, DRCongo


Forms a clade with L. atroflavus, based on recent molecular studies#R. Monotypic.


Uganda (mainly W & S), Rwanda, Burundi, extreme E DRCongo (Vichumbi, Rutshuru), NW Tanzania, and SW Kenya (shores of L Victoria SE to Kisumu, Yala Swamp and Kendu Bay).

Descriptive notes

17–19 cm; male 45–46 g, unsexed 34–46 g. Has forehead, crown, nape and central hindneck dull golden-yellow; lores, areas just above and below eye, ear-... read more


Calls or sings in duet, a double, hollow, gong-like "pyo-pyop" given alone or answered... read more


Confined to papyrus (Cyperus papyrus) swamps and beds, mainly the interior of large ones,... read more

Food and feeding

Mainly small insects, such as myrmecine ants, beetles (including families Curculionidae, Carabidae, Elateridae and Staphylinidae), flies (... read more


Very few data. Eggs in Jun, Sept–Dec (mainly Sept) and Feb in Kenya; sings Feb–Mar. Doubtless territorial; once seen to chase... read more



Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Currently considered Near-threatened. Recent population estimate of c. 2,000,000 adults. Thought to be potentially at risk owing to its specialized,... read more

Recommended citation

Fry, H. (2020). Papyrus Gonolek (Laniarius mufumbiri). 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).