Cunene Birds: Crimson-Breasted Shrike

Crimson-Breasted Shrike Laniarius atrococcineus

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One of the most striking birds in the bush.

The Crimson-breasted Shrike is unlikely to be confused with any other specie in the area. A very rare yellow mutation occurs as shown in photo above.

They are about 22cm long and weights about 48 grams.

Status: The Crimson-breasted Shrike is a common resident in Nambia and also here at Epupa Falls. They are Near-endemic and mostly sedentary.

They are found singly or in pairs.

They enjoy the Kalahari-thornveld and semi-arid Acacia savanna.

Food: Invertebrates like beetles, ants and caterpillars but will also eat small fruits.

Call: Their main call is very loud and a fast tyotyo or quipquip. They call either in duet or solo.

Breeding: They are monogamous. They build a neat cup of bark strips.

Source: Roberts Bird Guide, 2007

Photos: Crimson-breasted Shrike – Copyright www.wilkonsworld.com

Yellow Mutation – Copyright Niall’s Nature Pages

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