Crimson-Breasted Shrike – Laniarius atrococcineus
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