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  Crimson-breasted Shrike

 

 

Laniarius atrococcineus

(739) 22 cm; 48 g

SEXES  Alike. One of the most striking birds in the region; unlikely to be confused with any other species. Rare yellow form occurs (brilliant crimson underparts replaced by yellow).

JUV  Initially mottled and barred buff-brown, becoming blacker on upperparts, with vary­ing amounts of red below.

STATUS  Common resident. Near-endemic, sedentary and usually found singly or in pairs.

HABITAT  Kalahari thornveld and semi-arid Acacia savanna.

FOOD  Invertebrates, especially beetles, ants and caterpillars; also small fruits.

CALL  Main call loud and fast tyotyo or quipquip and variations thereof, either solo or in duet.

BR  Monogamous. Nest a neat cup of bark strips, bound with cobweb. Parasitised by Black Cuckoo.

ALT NAME  Crimson-breasted Boubou.

 

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Khumaga

Camera: Canon EOS 60D

Lens: Canon EF 100-400mm f/4.6-5.6L

 

 

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Khumaga

Camera: Canon EOS 60D

Lens: Canon EF 100-400mm f/4.6-5.6L

 

 

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Khumaga

Camera: Canon EOS 60D

Lens: Canon EF 100-400mm f/4.6-5.6L

 

 

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Khumaga

Camera: Canon EOS 60D

Lens: Canon EF 600mm f/4L

 

 

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Khumaga

Camera: Canon EOS 60D

Lens: Canon EF 600mm f/4L

 

 

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Khumaga

Camera: Canon EOS 60D

Lens: Canon EF 600mm f/4L

 

 

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Yellow morph of the CBS

Boteti/Nhabe River Junction

Camera: Canon EOS 60D

Lens: Canon EF 100-400mm f/4.6-5.6L

 

 

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Yellow morph of the CBS

Boteti/Nhabe River Junction

Camera: Canon EOS 60D

Lens: Canon EF 100-400mm f/4.6-5.6L

 

 

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Yellow morph of the CBS

Boteti/Nhabe River Junction

Camera: Canon EOS 60D

Lens: Canon EF 100-400mm f/4.6-5.6L

 

 

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Yellow morph of the CBS

Boteti/Nhabe River Junction

Camera: Canon EOS 60D

Lens: Canon EF 100-400mm f/4.6-5.6L

 

 

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Yellow morph of the CBS

Boteti/Nhabe River Junction

Camera: Canon EOS 60D

Lens: Canon EF 100-400mm f/4.6-5.6L

 

 

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Khumaga

Camera: Canon EOS 60D

Lens: Canon EF 600mm f/4L

 

 

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Nxai Pan

Camera: Canon EOS 7D Mk II

Lens: Canon EF 600mm f/4L

 

 

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Nxai Pan

Camera: Canon EOS 7D Mk II

Lens: Canon EF 600mm f/4L

 

 

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Nxai Pan

Camera: Canon EOS 7D Mk II

Lens: Canon EF 600mm f/4L

 

 

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Leopard Pan, CKGR

Camera: Canon EOS 7D Mk II

Lens: Canon EF600mm f/4L

 

       

 

 

 

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