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Slate-colored Boubou - BirdForum Opus

Photo by Westmidstraveller
Masai Mara, Kenya, October 2009
Laniarius funebris


Length 18-20 cm. Dark grey plumage; head darker than body.

Similar species

Black morph Zanzibar Boubou is glossy black rather than sooty grey. Range does not overlap with other black boubous.


Photo by DBB Photography
Serengeti National Park, Tanzania, March 2015

Eastern Africa: Extreme south-eastern Sudan, Ethiopia, Somalia, Kenya, eastern and southern Uganda, Rwanda, Tanzania.



There are 2 subspecies[1]:

  • L. f. funebris:
  • L. f. degener:


Dry to semi-arid bush, thicket and riverine woodland.


Usually in pairs; Locally common but difficult to see due to skulking habits.


Sings in duet; kidunk kidunk followed by chruk chruk.


  1. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, D. Roberson, T. A. Fredericks, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2015. The eBird/Clements checklist of birds of the world: v2015, with updates to August 2015. Downloaded from http://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/download/
  2. Sinclair, I and P Ryan. 2003. Birds of Africa South of the Sahara. Princeton: Princeton Univ. Press. ISBN 978-0691118154

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