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Pseudalethe fuelleborni (White-chested alethe, White-breasted alethe) 

Witborswoudlyster [Afrikaans]; Witborstalethe [Dutch]; Alèthe à poitrine blanche [French]; Weißbrust-alethe [German]; Pisco-de-peito-branco [Portuguese]

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Pseudalethe fuelleborni (White-chested alethe, White-breasted alethe)  Pseudalethe fuelleborni (White-chested alethe, White-breasted alethe) 

White-chested alethe.  [photo Hugh Chittenden ©]

For information about this species, see birdinfo.co.za.

Distribution and habitat

Occurs in the montane forest mountain arc across Tanzania to eastern Zambia, with a separate population in the understorey of coastal montane forest in central Mozambique.

Distribution of White-chested alethe in southern Africa, based on statistical smoothing of the records from first SA Bird Atlas Project (© Animal Demography unit, University of Cape Town; smoothing by Birgit Erni and Francesca Little). Colours range from dark blue (most common) through to yellow (least common).


It mainly eats invertebrates supplemented with fruit, foraging like a thrush in the leaf litter or gleaning from trunks and branches. The following food items have been recorded in its diet:


  • The nest is an open cup of moss along with leaves and old-man's-beard (Usnea) lichen lined with rootlets. It is typically placed in a tree fork and the top of a tree stump.
  • Egg-laying season is from October-March, peaking from November-December.
  • It lays about 3 eggs, which are incubated solely by the female.
  • The chicks are brooded by both adults, and are dependent on their parents for up to 6 weeks after leaving the nest.


Threatened in central Mozambique, due to habitat loss from commercial logging, charcoal production and subsistence agriculture.


  • Hockey PAR, Dean WRJ and Ryan PG 2005. Roberts - Birds of southern Africa, VIIth ed. The Trustees of the John Voelcker Bird Book Fund, Cape Town.