Family Cuckooshrikes (Campephagidae)

Least Concern

White-breasted Cuckooshrike (Ceblepyris pectoralis)


French: Échenilleur à ventre blanc German: Weißbrust-Raupenfänger Spanish: Oruguero pechiblanco

Graucalus pectoralis

Jardine and Selby

, 1828,

Sierra Leone




S Senegal S to Sierra Leone and E to South Sudan, W Ethiopia, NW Kenya and N Uganda, and from S & E DRCongo, Rwanda, Burundi and W & S Tanzania S to Angola, NE Namibia, N Botswana, Zimbabwe, Mozambique and extreme NE South Africa.

Descriptive notes

25–27 cm; 49–58 g. Male has black preorbital region and white eyering; grey on head and upperparts and from chin to upper breast, paler on forehead and darker on... read more


Fairly loud, long, high-pitched, rather buzzing downslurred whistle lasting 1–1·5... read more


N of equator occurs in mature savanna woodland and bushy savanna with open groves of tall trees,... read more

Food and feeding

Insects, especially caterpillars (Lepidoptera), also orthopterans, hymenopterans (including ants), termites (Isoptera) and mantids (... read more


Breeds mainly from end of dry season and through rains; Jun in Gambia, Jan in Ghana, Sept in SE DRCongo, Oct–Feb and May in Malawi,... read more


Largely resident; seasonal movements in some areas. In Sudan, some move N in rains; in Central... read more

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Generally locally frequent to uncommon in N of range, but rare in Rwanda and Kenya; common in Angola; mainly uncommon S from Malawi and Zimbabwe, and... read more

Recommended citation

Taylor, B. (2019). White-breasted Cuckooshrike (Ceblepyris pectoralis). 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 14 November 2019).