Family Bush-shrikes (Malaconotidae)

Least Concern

Pringle's Puffback (Dryoscopus pringlii)


French: Cubla de Pringle German: Zwerg-Schneeballwürger Spanish: Cubla de Pringle

Dryoscopus pringlii

F. J. Jackson

, 1893,

Mauungu Wilderness and between Tsavo and Kufumika Road, Kenya


Closest to D. gambensis (which see). Birds in Ethiopia with greyer underparts may represent a distinct race; further study required. Monotypic.


S Ethiopia, C & S Somalia, NW, NE & C to SE Kenya and NE Tanzania.

Descriptive notes

13·5–14 cm; male 19–22·5 g, female 13–20·5 g. Male has forehead and lores back to hindneck, side of neck, mantle and scapulars glossy... read more


Poorly known. Song short, low-pitched, harsh and monotonous. Calls include rasping, nasal "... read more


Arid and semi-arid acacia (Acacia) and Commiphora scrub, bushland and woodland;... read more

Food and feeding

Insects, including caterpillars. Active gleaner in microphyllous foliage, moving through undergrowth or low trees; in Tsavo (Kenya),... read more


Little known. Laying recorded once in Nov in Kenya. Nest a deep, neat cup, one moulded on to horizontal branch and anchored to vertical... read more


Apparently resident.

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. In Ethiopia very uncommon in S (in Yavello, Arero and elsewhere), with only five or six old records and twelve modern ones; old, isolated record near... read more

Recommended citation

Fry, H. (2020). Pringle's Puffback (Dryoscopus pringlii). 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).