Family Laughingthrushes and allies (Leiotrichidae)


White-throated Mountain-babbler (Kupeornis gilberti)


French: Phyllanthe à gorge blanche German: Kamerunberghäherling Spanish: Charlatán goliblanco

Kupeornis gilberti


, 1949,

Kupe Mountain, Cameroon




SE Nigeria (Obudu Plateau) and SW Cameroon.

Descriptive notes

21–23 cm; 64 g. Large brown-and-white forest babbler with olivaceous brown body and white face and breast. Crown is dull chestnut, clear-cutting on nape to bronzy olive... read more


Call a harsh explosive “chak”, “chook” or “chrook”, usually given singly but occasionally up to... read more


Primary montane forest with high rainfall apparently crucial, but seen in mature secondary growth,... read more

Food and feeding

Mainly insectivorous. Travels through forest in highly active, excitable and vocal flocks of up to twelve individuals, occasionally up to... read more


Apr–Jan. Nest a large untidy cup of moss and bits of fern, placed c. 10 m above ground at base of branch against trunk, among... read more



Status and conservation

VULNERABLE. Restricted-range species: present in Cameroon Mountains EBA. Although the species has recently been found at several new sites, its total range is very small and... read more

Recommended citation

Collar, N. & Robson, C. (2020). White-throated Mountain-babbler (Kupeornis gilberti). 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).