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Crimson-breasted Shrike

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Crimson-breasted Shrike

Photo © Steven Herbert

Laniarius atrococcineus

The Crimson-breasted Shrike, also known as the Crimson-breasted Boubou, has to be one of the most attractive birds in South Africa. Both sexes have a beautiful black, white and red plumage.

They are found in drier areas, but not deserts, from South Africa to Zambia and Angola.

Crimson-breasted Shrikes hunt for insects in bushes and trees. They may occasionally eat fruit or insects off the ground.

Both sexes work on making the nest which is normally sited near the trunk of a tree. Either 2 or 3 eggs are laid during spring or summer. The male and female share the incubating and feeding duties.

Interestingly the juveniles roost with their parents during their first year.

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