Family Bush-shrikes (Malaconotidae)

Least Concern

Yellow-breasted Boubou (Laniarius atroflavus)


French: Gonolek à ventre jaune German: Gelbbauchwürger Spanish: Bubú pechigualdo

Laniarius atroflavus


, 1887,

Mount Cameroon, Cameroon


Closely related to L. mufumbiri (which see). Birds from Mt Oku (Cameroon) described as race craterum, on account of slightly larger size, but size variation of species is clinal. Monotypic.


SE Nigeria (Obudu Plateau, Mambilla Plateau, Chappal Hendu) and W Cameroon (Bamenda Highlands, Mt Manengouba, Mt Cameroon).

Descriptive notes

18–20 cm; 40–47 g. Top of head down to lores, below eye and ear-coverts, and upperparts, including upperwing and tail, are black with very dark blue or oily green... read more


Very noisy, with wide repertoire of loud whistling, swishing, rattling, harsh grating, explosive... read more


Dense undergrowth of clearings and secondary scrub in and near montane forest, and low undergrowth... read more

Food and feeding

Insects. Forages actively in pairs, restless and skulking; never flies far. Forages in gloomy woodland with old trees covered with moss and... read more


Season Nov–Mar, breeding completed by late Mar. Territory advertised by duetting song and whistle calls; bird bows forward when... read more


Sedentary; pair regularly duets and stays in same spot year after year.

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Restricted range species: present in Cameroon Mountains EBA. In Nigeria not uncommon on Obudu Plateau; single record in Mambilla, but common on... read more

Recommended citation

Fry, H. (2020). Yellow-breasted Boubou (Laniarius atroflavus). 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 21 February 2020).