A series of birds photographed in South Africa
crimson breasted shrike
Grootkolk, Kgagalagdi Transfrontier Park
Afrikaans name: “Rooiborslaksman"
This bird occurs in a band from Angola and Zambia to northern areas of South Africa, with large populations in Namibia, Botswana and western Zimbabwe. It generally prefers arid habitats, especially Kalahari thornveld, Acacia savanna and semi-arid scrub, largely absent from desert.
It mainly eats insects, gleaning prey from the leaves and trunks of trees, often flying to the ground to feed on ants or some fallen fruit. The following food items have been recorded in its diet:
The invertebrates are usually hawked aerially, killed, impaled on a thorn and then eaten .
Both sexes construct the nest, which is a tidy cup made almost entirely of Acacia tree bark, collected from trunks and branches about 50-90 meters from the nesting site and lined with grass and rootlets. It is usually bound with spider web to a fork in the main stem of a plant, or occasionally onto a horizontal branch. Most of the construction work is done in the early morning, and it is usually complete after about 4-6 days.
• Egg-laying season is from August-January, peaking from October-November.
It lays 2-3 eggs, which are incubated by both sexes for about 15-17 days.
The chicks are fed and brooded by both parents, leaving the nest at about 18-20 days old.
Although they forage independently, they still come back to roost with their parents, sometimes only leaving in next years breeding season.
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