The bushshrikes are smallish African birds that inhabit scrub or open woodland.

They feed on insects and other small prey, hunting them from a perch on a bush.

Some subspecies are colorful, while others are mostly black.

Some bushshrikes have flamboyant courtship displays. The average clutch consists of 4 eggs that are placed in a cup nest in a tree.

Yellow-crowned or Common Gonolek


  • Brubru, Nilaus afer
  • Northern Puffback, Dryoscopus gambensis
  • Pringle’s Puffback, Dryoscopus pringlii
  • Black-backed Puffback, Dryoscopus cubla
  • Red-eyed Puffback, Dryoscopus senegalensis
  • Pink-footed Puffback, Dryoscopus angolensis
  • Large-billed Puffback, Dryoscopus sabini
  • Marsh Tchagra, Tchagra minuta
  • Black-crowned Tchagra, Tchagra senegala
  • Brown-crowned Tchagra, Tchagra australis
  • Three-streaked Tchagra, Tchagra jamesi
  • Southern Tchagra, Tchagra tchagra
  • Red-naped Bushshrike, Laniarius ruficeps
  • Luehder’s Bushshrike, Laniarius luehderi
  • Bulo Burti Boubou, Laniarius liberatus
  • Turati’s Boubou, Laniarius turatii
  • Tropical Boubou, Laniarius aethiopicus
  • Gabon Boubou, Laniarius bicolor
Swamp Boubou or Gabon Boubou, Laniarius bicolor
  • Southern Boubou, Laniarius ferrugineus
  • Yellow-crowned Gonolek, Laniarius barbarus
  • Black-headed Gonolek, Laniarius erythrogaster
  • Crimson-breasted Gonolek, Laniarius atrococcineus
  • Papyrus Gonolek, Laniarius mufumbiri
  • Yellow-breasted Boubou, Laniarius atroflavus
  • Slate-colored Boubou, Laniarius funebris
  • Sooty Boubou, Laniarius leucorhynchus
  • Fuelleborn’s Boubou, Laniarius fuelleborni
  • Rosy-patched Bushshrike, Rhodophoneus cruentus
  • Bokmakierie, Telophorus zeylonus
  • Grey-green Bushshrike, Telophorus bocagei
  • Sulphur-breasted Bushshrike, Telophorus sulfureopectus
  • Olive Bushshrike, Telophorus olivaceus
  • Many-colored Bushshrike, Telophorus multicolor
  • Black-fronted Bushshrike, Telophorus nigrifrons
  • Mt. Kupe Bushshrike, Telophorus kupeensis
  • Four-colored Bushshrike, Telophorus viridis
  • Doherty’s Bushshrike, Telophorus dohertyi
  • Fiery-breasted Bushshrike, Malaconotus cruentus
  • Lagden’s Bushshrike, Malaconotus lagdeni
  • Green-breasted Bushshrike, Malaconotus gladiator
  • Grey-headed Bushshrike, Malaconotus blanchoti
  • Monteiro’s Bushshrike, Malaconotus monteiri
  • Uluguru Bushshrike, Malaconotus alius
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