Family Old World Flycatchers and Chats (Muscicapidae)

Least Concern

White-tailed Alethe (Alethe diademata)


French: Alèthe à huppe rousse German: Diadembraunschwanz Spanish: Alete diademado

Bessonornis (Turdus) diadematus


, 1850,



Has been treated as conspecific with A. castanea, and very similar in both song and habits, but plumage differences (including of juveniles) and genetics#R suggest that they are better treated as separate species. Monotypic.


SW Senegal E, discontinuously, to S Togo; record from Benin doubtful#R.

Descriptive notes

18 cm; 31–35 g. Very like A. castanea, but lacks rufous in plumage of back, wings and tail, being instead cinnamon-brown with olive-blackish wings and tail;... read more


Song a series of a standard phrase consisting of 3 (sometimes 4 in Sierra Leone) liquid whistles,... read more


Primary forest, old secondary and regenerating forest, gallery forest, forest patches in savanna,... read more

Food and feeding

Mainly insects, such as grasshoppers, crickets, cockroaches, beetles, caterpillars, termites, black ants, army ants, moths and flies; also... read more


Breeding condition Jun–Sept (juveniles Aug–Nov) in Liberia; fledged young Jan and adult carrying food Nov in Ivory Coast;... read more



Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Locally common.

Recommended citation

Collar, N. (2019). White-tailed Alethe (Alethe diademata). 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 18 September 2019).