Family Bush-shrikes (Malaconotidae)

Least Concern

Pink-footed Puffback (Dryoscopus angolensis)


French: Cubla à pieds roses German: Blassfuß-Schneeballwürger Spanish: Cubla patirrosada

Dryoscopus angolensis


, 1860,

Bembe, Loanda Province [= Uíge], Angola


Apparently most closely allied to D. sabini, juveniles of the two being strikingly alike and female plumages very similar. Race boydi may represent clinal variation and perhaps better merged with nominate. Four subspecies currently recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution
  • D. a. boydi Bannerman, 1938 – extreme SE Nigeria, Cameroon and Equatorial Guinea (Mbini).
  • D. a. angolensis Hartlaub, 1860 – S Gabon, S Congo, SW DRCongo and NW Angola.
  • D. a. nandensis Sharpe, 1900 – extreme S South Sudan, NE & E DRCongo, W & S Uganda, extreme NW Tanzania, W Rwanda, NW Burundi and W Kenya.
  • D. a. kungwensis Moreau, 1941 – Mt Kungwe Mahale (Mahare), in SW Tanzania.
  • Descriptive notes

    15–17 cm; 35–40 g. Distinctive puffback with bill comparatively short (shorter than head), quite slender, and not strongly hooked. Male nominate race has forehead... read more


    Not very vocal. Variety of harsh, clipped calls, "jack", "djik", "chit-tup" and "jyoop-jyoop"; also... read more


    Mature montane forest at intermediate altitudes, but sometimes down to sea-level, also old second... read more

    Food and feeding

    Insects, mainly beetles (Coleoptera), also grasshoppers (Acrididae) and caterpillars. Keeps mainly in foliage high up in trees, although... read more


    Barely known. Birds in breeding condition in Apr in Cameroon; various evidence of breeding in Jan, Apr–Jun and Nov in E DRCongo (... read more


    Resident. Records on Cameroon coast suggest that part of Mt Cameroon population may move to lower... read more

    Status and conservation

    Not globally threatened. Locally common to uncommon. Range highly fragmented, with main centres in W Cameroon, NW Angola, Rift Valley mountains, and isolated montane outliers... read more

    Recommended citation

    Fry, H. (2020). Pink-footed Puffback (Dryoscopus angolensis). 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 18 February 2020).