Family Ground Babblers (Pellorneidae)

Near Threatened

Rufous-winged Illadopsis (Illadopsis rufescens)


French: Akalat à ailes rousses German: Rostschwingen-Laubdrossling Spanish: Tordina alirrufa
Other common names: Rufous-winged Thrush-babbler

Turdirostris rufescens


, 1878,



Formerly often placed in genus Trichastoma. Monotypic.


SW Guinea, Sierra Leone, Liberia, S Ivory Coast and S Ghana (E to South Worobong#R).

Descriptive notes

16–17 cm; 32–41 g. Crown, upperparts and tail are rufous-brown, lores and head side paler brown, with vague buffy supercilium and whitish streaks on cheek;... read more


Song, from high in trees (also from ground), a pleasant, simple, far-carrying and fast arrangement... read more


Undergrowth in primary and old logged lowland broadleaf evergreen forest, often preferring rather... read more

Food and feeding

Beetles (Coleoptera), grasshoppers (Orthoptera), termites (Isoptera) and other insects; also small snails, and small amphibians. Forages... read more


Bird in breeding condition in Apr and pair feeding young in Dec in Sierra Leone; food-carrying adult in Feb in Ivory Coast; breeding-... read more



Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Currently considered Near-threatened. Restricted-range species: present in Upper Guinea Forests EBA. Generally uncommon to rare throughout range, and... read more

Recommended citation

Collar, N. & Robson, C. (2019). Rufous-winged Illadopsis (Illadopsis rufescens). 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 22 April 2019).