The Wildebeest's guide to South Africa

Crimson-breasted Shrike / Boubou

Afrikaans name: Rooiborslaksman

Crimson-breasted Shrike

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Laniarius atrococcineus

The Crimson-breasted Shrike, also known as the Crimson-breasted Boubou, has to be one of the most attractive birds in South Africa. Both sexes have a beautiful black, white and red plumage.

They are found in drier areas, but not deserts, from South Africa to Zambia and Angola.

Crimson-breasted Shrikes hunt for insects in bushes and trees. They may occasionally eat fruit or insects off the ground.

Both sexes work on making the nest which is normally sited near the trunk of a tree. Either 2 or 3 eggs are laid during spring or summer. The male and female share the incubating and feeding duties.

Interestingly the juveniles roost with their parents during their first year.

References and further reading

Wildlife of Southern Africa - Author: Martin Withers and David Hosking - Published: 2011 - Page: 172

The Birds of South Africa - 1st Edition - Author: Dr. Austin Roberts - Published: 1949 - Page: 300

The Birds of South Africa - Author: Hazel Stokes - Published: 1979 - Page: 41

Southern African Wildlife - Author: Readers Digest - Published: 1989 - Page: 190

Shrikes of Southern Africa - Author: Tony Harris and Graeme Arnott - Published: 0 - Page: 146

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

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: 358

Roberts Birds of Southern Africa - 6th Edition - Author: Gordon Lindsay Maclean - Published: 1993 - Page: 646

Roberts Birds of South Africa - 4th Edition - Author: McLachlan and Liversidge - Published: 1981 - Page: 504

Roberts Birds of Southern Africa - 5th Edition - Author: Gordon Lindsay Maclean - Published: 1985 - Page: 648

Roberts Birds of South Africa - 2nd edition - Author: McLachlan and Liversidge - Published: 1957 - Page: 382

Roberts Birds of South Africa - 3rd Edition - Author: McLachlan and Liversidge - Published: 1975 - Page: 494

Questions and Answers - Birds of Southern Africa - Author: Deirdre Richards - Published: 1990 - Page: 3

Meeting with Birds - Author: Tom Spence - Published: 1986 - Page: 95

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

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

Illustrated Guide to the Game Parks and Nature Reserves of SA - 2nd edn - Author: Readers Digest - Published: 1991 - Page: 412

Birds of the Transvaal - Author: Tarboton, Kemp and Kemp - Published: 1987 - Page: 232

A First Guide to South African Birds - 6th Edition - Author: Leonard Gill - Published: 1959 - Page: 46

A First Guide to South African Birds - 7th Edition - Author: Leonard Gill - Published: 1975 - Page: 46

Ian Sinclairs Field Guide to the Birds of Southern Africa - 2nd Edition - Author: Ian Sinclair - Published: 1988 - Page: 278

Field Guide to the Birds of Kruger National Park - Author: Ian Sinclair and Ian Whyte - Published: 1991 - Page: 190

Everyones Guide to South African Birds - Author: John Sinclair and John Mendelsohn - Published: 1987 - Page: 67

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

A Field Guide to the Birds of Southern Africa - 2nd Edition - Author: O.P.M. Prozesky - Published: 1983 - Page: 267

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