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Sunday, June 16, 2013

Greyheaded Bush Shrike

Found in the northern regions as well as the Natal coast.

In Afrikaans their name mean “ghost bird” as it has a haunting call. It is very often heard but seldom seen.
It is about the size of a dove and has unmistakable colours.

Below: an unusual capture of it attacking a Vine Snake. For more pictures and video:

It is seen in woodlands and savanna with scrub and thickets as well as riverine areas.

Food: insects, frogs, lizards, small mammals and nestlings.

Info: Robert’s Birds of Southern Africa


Gaelyn said...

That sure was a good sized snake for that little colorful bird.

Firefly said...

Now there is a bird I've never seen.