Southern African Birds

 

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  Tropical Boubou

 

Laniarius aethiopicus

(737) 23 cm; 50 g

SEXES  Alike. Separated from Swamp and Southern boubous by creamy white to pinkish underparts and very distinctive call. Southern Boubou has rufous flanks and belly, and Swamp Boubou pure white underparts.

JUV  Upperparts dull black, spotted tawny; bill greyish brown.

STATUS  Common resident; sedentary and usually in pairs but may be in small family groups after br season. HABITAT  Dense vegetation, from montane forest to lowland coastal shrub, favouring riverine thickets; also in suburban gardens.

FOOD  Mainly insects, but also small vertebrates such as chameleons, skinks, frogs, rodents and snails; occasionally fruit.

CALL  Main song a synchronised duet, haw-wheee-haw or wah-heeya-wah..., first and third notes usually by M, second by F.

BR  Monogamous. Thin untidy cup nest well concealed in bush or among climbers. Parasitised by Black Cuckoo.

 

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Hwange

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Hwange

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Lens: Canon EF 600mm f/4

 

 

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Hwange

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Lens: Canon EF 600mm f/4L

 

 

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Hwange

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Lens: Canon EF 600mm f/4L

 

 

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Chobe

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Lens: Canon EF 600mm f/4L

 

 

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Chobe

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Lens: Canon EF 600mm f/4L

 

       

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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