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

Southern African Bird Names Explained - Author: Charles Clinning - Published: 1989 - Page: 77

Southern African Wildlife - Author: Readers Digest - Published: 1989 - Page: 189

The Birds of South Africa - 1st Edition - Author: Dr. Austin Roberts - Published: 1949 - Page: 299

The Sandton Field Guide - Author: Sandton Nature Conservation Society - Published: 1982 - Page: 61

Wild About Johannesburg - Author: Duncan Butchart - Published: 1995 - Page: 57

Wildlife of Southern Africa - Author: Martin Withers and David Hosking - Published: 2011 - Page: 170

Wildlife of the Cape Peninsula - Author: Duncan Butchart - Published: 2001 - Page: 65

Shrikes of Southern Africa - Author: Tony Harris and Graeme Arnott - Published: 0 - Page: 136

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

Sasol Birds of Southern Africa - 1st Edition - Author: Ian Sinclair et al. - Published: 1993 - Page: 360

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

Garden Birds in South Africa - Author: Duncan Butchart - Published: 2017 - Page: 115

Garden Birds of Southern Africa - Author: P. Ginn & G. McIlleron - Published: 1981 - Page: 27

Everyones Guide to South African Birds - Author: John Sinclair and John Mendelsohn - Published: 1987 - Page: 123

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

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

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

Roberts Birds of South Africa - 4th Edition - Author: McLachlan and Liversidge - Published: 1981 - Page: 503

Roberts Birds of South Africa - 3rd Edition - Author: McLachlan and Liversidge - Published: 1975 - Page: 492

Roberts Birds of South Africa - 2nd edition - Author: McLachlan and Liversidge - Published: 1957 - Page: 381

Newmans Garden Birds - Author: Ken Newman - Published: 1991 - Page: 88

Newmans Birds of Southern Africa - 7th Edition - Author: Ken Newman - Published: 2000 - Page: 374

Newmans Birds of Southern Africa - 1st Edition - Author: Ken Newman - Published: 1984 - Page: 374

Ian Sinclairs Field Guide to the Birds of Southern Africa - 2nd Edition - Author: Ian Sinclair - Published: 1988 - Page: 280

Geoff Lockwoods Garden Birds of Southern Africa - Author: Geoff Lockwood - Published: 0 - Page: 75

Birds of the Transvaal - Author: Tarboton, Kemp and Kemp - Published: 1987 - Page: 231

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

Bird Atlas of Natal - Author: Digby Cyrus and Nigel Robson - Published: 1980 - Page: 248

Birds of Southern Africa - Kruger National Park - Author: Kenneth Newman - Published: 1985 - Page: 190

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

Birds of the Transkei - Author: C.D. Quickelberge - Published: 1989 - Page: 108

Birds of the South Western Cape - Author: Joy Frandsen - Published: 0 - Page: 198

A Field Guide to the Birds of Southern Africa - 2nd Edition - Author: O.P.M. Prozesky - Published: 1983 - Page: 266

A First Guide to South African Birds - 6th Edition - Author: Leonard Gill - Published: 1959 - Page: 47

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

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

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