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The Wildebeest's guide to South Africa

Southern White-crowned Shrike

Afrikaans name: Kremetartlaksman

Southern White-crowned Shrike

Southern White-crowned Shrike

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Eurocephalus anguitimens

The Southern White-crowned Shrike is almost endemic to southern Africa. It is found in southern Angola which is just outside of the southern African region.

It favours areas with sparse grass and trees. It spends its time sitting on an exposed perch and looking for prey on the ground below.

Insects are virtually the only thing that the Southern White-crowned Shrike eats.

The breeding pair are helped by up to 4 assistants. They all get involved in building the nest which is cup-shaped and built at the base of a branch in a tree. Between 2 and 5 eggs are laid. The female does most of the incubating. All of the group assist in feeding the chicks.


References and further reading

A First Guide to South African Birds - 7th Edition - Author: Leonard Gill - Year Published: 1975 - Page: 50

Collins Illustrated Checklist - Birds of Southern Africa - 1st edition - Author: Ber van Perlo - Year Published: 1999 - Page: 73

Field Guide to the Birds of Kruger National Park - Author: Ian Sinclair and Ian Whyte - Year Published: 1991 - Page: 188

Roberts' Birds of Southern Africa - 5th Edition - Author: Gordon Lindsay Maclean - Year Published: 1985 - Page: 665

Roberts' Birds of Southern Africa - 6th Edition - Author: Gordon Lindsay Maclean - Year Published: 1993 - Page: 663

Sasol Birds of Southern Africa - 4th Edition - Author: Ian Sinclair et al. - Year Published: 2011 - Page: 390

Shrikes of Southern Africa - Author: Tony Harris and Graeme Arnott - Year Published: - Page: 24

List of South African Birds

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