The Wildebeest's guide to South Africa

Southern White-crowned Shrike

Afrikaans name: Kremetartlaksman

Southern White-crowned Shrike

Southern White-crowned Shrike

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Eurocephalus anguitimens

The Southern White-crowned Shrike is almost endemic to southern Africa. It is found in southern Angola which is just outside of the southern African region.

It favours areas with sparse grass and trees. It spends its time sitting on an exposed perch and looking for prey on the ground below.

Insects are virtually the only thing that the Southern White-crowned Shrike eats.

The breeding pair are helped by up to 4 assistants. They all get involved in building the nest which is cup-shaped and built at the base of a branch in a tree. Between 2 and 5 eggs are laid. The female does most of the incubating. All of the group assist in feeding the chicks.

References and further reading

Shrikes of Southern Africa - Author: Tony Harris and Graeme Arnott - Published: 0 - Page: 24

Roberts Birds of Southern Africa - 5th Edition - Author: Gordon Lindsay Maclean - Published: 1985 - Page: 665

Wildlife of Southern Africa - Author: Martin Withers and David Hosking - Published: 2011 - Page: 168

The Birds of South Africa - 1st Edition - Author: Dr. Austin Roberts - Published: 1949 - Page: 310

Southern African Bird Names Explained - Author: Charles Clinning - Published: 1989 - Page: 58

Roberts Birds of Southern Africa - 6th Edition - Author: Gordon Lindsay Maclean - Published: 1993 - Page: 663

Sasol Birds of Southern Africa - 1st Edition - Author: Ian Sinclair et al. - Published: 1993 - Page: 364

Sasol Birds of Southern Africa - 4th Edition - Author: Ian Sinclair et al. - Published: 2011 - Page: 390

Roberts Birds of South Africa - 4th Edition - Author: McLachlan and Liversidge - Published: 1981 - Page: 519

Ian Sinclairs Field Guide to the Birds of Southern Africa - 2nd Edition - Author: Ian Sinclair - Published: 1988 - Page: 284

Newmans Birds of Southern Africa - 1st Edition - Author: Ken Newman - Published: 1984 - Page: 370

Newmans Birds of Southern Africa - 7th Edition - Author: Ken Newman - Published: 2000 - Page: 370

Roberts Birds of South Africa - 2nd edition - Author: McLachlan and Liversidge - Published: 1957 - Page: 392

Roberts Birds of South Africa - 3rd Edition - Author: McLachlan and Liversidge - Published: 1975 - Page: 506

Field Guide to the Birds of Kruger National Park - Author: Ian Sinclair and Ian Whyte - Published: 1991 - Page: 188

A First Guide to South African Birds - 7th Edition - Author: Leonard Gill - Published: 1975 - Page: 50

Birds of Southern Africa - Kruger National Park - Author: Kenneth Newman - Published: 1985 - Page: 192

Collins Illustrated Checklist - Birds of Southern Africa - 1st edition - Author: Ber van Perlo - Published: 1999 - Page: 73

Birds of the Transvaal - Author: Tarboton, Kemp and Kemp - Published: 1987 - Page: 237

A Field Guide to the Birds of Southern Africa - 2nd Edition - Author: O.P.M. Prozesky - Published: 1983 - Page: 275

A First Guide to South African Birds - 6th Edition - Author: Leonard Gill - Published: 1959 - Page: 50

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