Family Cuckooshrikes (Campephagidae)

Least Concern

Purple-throated Cuckooshrike (Campephaga quiscalina)


French: Échenilleur pourpré German: Purpurraupenfänger Spanish: Oruguero purpúreo

Campephaga quiscalina


, 1869,

Fanti, Ghana


Race muenzneri sometimes erroneously spelt “munzneri”. Three subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution
  • C. q. quiscalina Finsch, 1869 – Sierra Leone, S Guinea, N Liberia and Ivory Coast E patchily to W & S Cameroon and SW Central African Republic, thence S to Angola.
  • C. q. martini F. J. Jackson, 1912 – S South Sudan, NE & SE DRCongo, C Uganda, W Kenya, N Tanzania and Zambia.
  • C. q. muenzneri Reichenow, 1915 – E Tanzania.
  • Descriptive notes

    20 cm; male mean 39·7 g, female 30–43 g. Male nominate race is black, glossed steel-blue, but with purple gloss on ear-coverts, cheeks, underwing-coverts and... read more


    Song a rather fast series of melodious whistles, “slueet-slueet-swit-wit-slueet-slueet-swit-... read more


    Moist primary and secondary evergreen forest, especially edges and clearings; also found in gallery... read more

    Food and feeding

    Food insects, mainly lepidopterans (especially caterpillars, also adult moths), orthopterans, bugs (Hemiptera, including cicadids) and... read more


    Breeds during and at end of rains, in Aug, Nov and Dec in Gabon, Mar and Sept in Angola, May, Jul and Aug in DRCongo, Apr–May in... read more


    None recorded; sedentary at least in Gabon and Zambia.

    Status and conservation

    Not globally threatened. Uncommon to frequent throughout most of its range; locally common in Kenya, Zambia and Angola. As with its congeners, this species’ numbers... read more

    Recommended citation

    Taylor, B. (2020). Purple-throated Cuckooshrike (Campephaga quiscalina). 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).