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Length 25-26 cm.
Adult: Has an all-grey head with a pale eye; wing coverts are blackish with yellow edges; tail olive with yellow tip. Underparts yellow; West African forms have orange-washed throat and breast.
Juvenile: Upperparts grey-brown; underparts paler with whitish throat; flanks are faintly barred.
 Similar species
Grey-headed Bushshrike occupies drier savanna and woodland habitat and wing-coverts are olive-green rather than blackish. The yellow-phase Fiery-breasted Bushshrike (which is rare) has pale lores, plain wing-coverts and a black sub-terminal band on the tail.
Malaconotus lagdeni has two subspecies:
Canopy of mid-altitude and montane forests.
Classified as Near Threatened in the 2008 IUCN Red List.1
A low single-note whistle, similar to that of the Grey-headed Bushshrike.
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