Northern puffback

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Northern puffback
Northern Puffback specimen RWD.jpg
Northern Puffback specimen RWD, female.jpg
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Order: Passeriformes
Family: Malaconotidae
Genus: Dryoscopus
Species: D. gambensis
Binomial name
Dryoscopus gambensis
(Lichtenstein, 1823)

The northern puffback (Dryoscopus gambensis) is a species of bird in the Malaconotidae family. It is found in northern sub-Saharan Africa. It forms a superspecies with the black-backed puffback, which replaces it in eastern equatorial and southern Africa.[2]


Its natural habitats are subtropical or tropical moist lowland forests, subtropical or tropical mangrove forests, and moist savanna.


There are five accepted races:[3]

  • D. g. gambensis (M. H. C. Lichtenstein, 1823) – Senegambia to coastal Gabon
  • D. g. congicus Sharpe, 1901 – lower catchment of Congo River
  • D. g. malzacii (Heuglin, 1870) – eastern Cameroon to northwestern Tanzania
  • D. g. erythreae Neumann, 1899 – Eritrea to South Sudan
  • D. g. erwini Sassi, 1923Itombwe in eastern DRC



  1. ^ BirdLife International (2012). "Dryoscopus gambensis". IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2013.2. International Union for Conservation of Nature. Retrieved 26 November 2013. 
  2. ^ Sinclair, Ian; Ryan, Peter (2010). Birds of Africa south of the Sahara (2nd ed.). Cape Town: Struik Nature. p. 580-581. ISBN 9781770076235. 
  3. ^ Fry, H. (2017). "Northern Puffback (Dryoscopus gambensis)". Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive. Lynx Edicions, Barcelona. Retrieved 13 April 2017.