Crimson-breasted Gonoleks

The Black-headed Gonoleks (Laniarius erythrogaster) – also known as the Crimson-breasted Gonoleks – occur naturally in southern parts of Africa – from southern Angola to the Free State province in South Africa. They inhabit drier thornbush areas, in thickets and riparian scrub.

They are closely related to the Yellow-crowned Gonoleks (Laniarius barbarus) and the Black-headed Gonoleks (Laniarius erythrogaster) of East Africa.


The upper plumage is black; the plumage below is crimson-read. The wings have white markings. Both males and females look alike. Juveniles have a plumage that is mottled and barred buff-brown; and they have pale bills.

Diet / Feeding

These birds mostly feed on insects found in bushes or on the ground.

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