Ethiopian Boubou Laniarius aethiopicus Scientific name definitions

Hilary Fry, Peter Pyle, Peter F. D. Boesman, and Nárgila Moura
Version: 2.0 — Published June 23, 2023


Field Identification

Large black-and-white bushshrike (19.5–25 cm) that is black above and white below, with a pinkish-white belly and prominent white wing bar. Sexes are similar.

Similar Species

The Ethiopian Boubou is most similar to the formerly conspecific Tropical Boubou (Laniarius major) (although the two are completely allopatric and do not overlap in range), but most subspecies of Tropical Boubou have a longer wing-bar, which extends to the secondaries.

Recommended Citation

Fry, H., P. Pyle, P. F. D. Boesman, and N. Moura (2023). Ethiopian Boubou (Laniarius aethiopicus), version 2.0. In Birds of the World (S. M. Billerman, Editor). Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, NY, USA. https://doi.org/10.2173/bow.trobou2.02