Family Bush-shrikes (Malaconotidae)

Least Concern

Turati's Boubou (Laniarius turatii)


French: Gonolek de Turati German: Turatiwürger Spanish: Bubú de Turati

Dryoscopus turatii

J. P. Verreaux

, 1858,



See L. ferrugineus (above). Has been treated as a race of L. aethiopicus, but the two overlap in range in a tiny area around Bafodia, in N Sierra Leone (formerly forested, which may have separated them), where they do not react to each other, even though voices seem very similar. Monotypic.


Guinea-Bissau S to Sierra Leone.

Descriptive notes

20–22·5 cm. Forehead to hindneck and mantle, lores, upper cheek, ear-coverts and side of neck black, glossed with dark blue; scapulars and back feathers glossy... read more


Male and female sing in synchronous duet, male uttering pure, soft, hollow whistle, "whawwhh... read more


Dense, creeper-festooned canopy of bushes and small trees in savanna woodland.

Food and feeding

Little known. Forages singly and in pairs; shy. Foraging behaviour apparently like that of L. aethiopicus, but present species... read more


Very little known. Breeds in May in Guinea-Bissau. Apparently monogamous and territorial. Nest a flimsy bowl made from grass stems and fine... read more



Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Common in S of range. In Guinea-Bissau, old records from Farim and Gunnal; in Guinea, old record from Mamou and recent ones on coast and inland to... read more

Recommended citation

Fry, H. (2020). Turati's Boubou (Laniarius turatii). 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 24 February 2020).