Sunday 25 October 2020

Malaconotus zeylonus (South Africa, 1973)

Introducing the bushshrike, also known as the bokmakierie. Adults are around 22cm long and have a distinctive yellow underbelly; males also have yellow flashes on their tails. They’re mainly found in South Africa and Namibia, with some isolated populations in Zimbabwe and Mozambique. They are not particularly under threat apart from a small sub species living in mountainous habitats. It is a shy, skulking bird that feeds on bugs, lizards, frogs, small birds and anything else tiny and meaty, by the sound of it.

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