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The Wildebeest's guide to South Africa

Southern Boubou

Afrikaans name: Suidelike Waterfiskaal

Southern Boubou (Laniarius ferrugineus)

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Laniarius ferrugineus

The Southern Boubou is part of the "shrike" family although nowadays it tends to be regarded as a "bushshrike".

They can often be heard but they are not seen that often, although they are less shy than mose of the other bushshrikes.

Southern Boubou's tend to spend most of their time low-down in thick bush or on the ground (normally near cover). Insects are their main food item but if they can catch them they will also eat small rodents and reptiles. Fruit may be eaten at times.

The female lays two or three eggs in a nest which is predominantly made by her. It is always built in a secure area with lots of surrounding vegetation. Both the male and female tend to the eggs and chicks.

In South Africa the Southern Boubou can be found in most parts of the southern and eastern regions of the country.


References and further reading

A First Guide to South African Birds - 7th Edition - Author: Leonard Gill - Year Published: 1975 - Page: 47

Animals of the Kruger National Park - Author: G. de Graaff - Year Published: 1987 - Page: 103

Birds of the Natal Drakensberg Park - Author: Robin Little and William Bainbridge - Year Published: 1992 - Page: 99

Birds of the South Western Cape - Author: Joy Frandsen - Year Published: - Page: 198

Collins Illustrated Checklist - Birds of Southern Africa - 1st edition - Author: Ber van Perlo - Year Published: 1999 - Page: 72

Field Guide to the Birds of Kruger National Park - Author: Ian Sinclair and Ian Whyte - Year Published: 1991 - Page: 186

Field Guide to the Cradle of Humankind - Author: B. Hilton-Barber & Prof. L. R. Berger - Year Published: 2004 - Page: 187

Geoff Lockwood's Garden Birds of Southern Africa - Author: Geoff Lockwood - Year Published: - Page: 75

Roberts' Birds of Southern Africa - 5th Edition - Author: Gordon Lindsay Maclean - Year Published: 1985 - Page: 645

Roberts' Birds of Southern Africa - 6th Edition - Author: Gordon Lindsay Maclean - Year Published: 1993 - Page: 643

Sasol Birds of Southern Africa - 4th Edition - Author: Ian Sinclair et al. - Year Published: 2011 - Page: 394

Shrikes of Southern Africa - Author: Tony Harris and Graeme Arnott - Year Published: - Page: 136

List of South African Birds

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