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Southern Boubou berd in Africa



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The Southern Boubou (Laniarius ferrugineus)  is a bushshrike. Though these passerine birds and their relations were once included with true shrikes  in the laniidae,  they are not closely related t

Southern Boubou berd in Africa Description

The Southern Boubou (Laniarius ferrugineus)  is a bushshrike. Though these passerine birds and their relations were once included with true shrikes  in the laniidae,  they are not closely related to that family.The male and female  is about 20-22 cm long.This species is found in southeastern Africa, mainly in southeastern Zimbabwe, eastern Botswana, Mozambique and southern and eastern South Africa.

Behaviour

Southern Boubou prefers to forage in dense vegetation close to the ground, a habit which has led to its being called shy and skulking. The food is mainly insects, taken from the ground or picked off vegetation as the bird creeps low in bushes. It will also take small rodents, lizards snails  and fruits.

Breeding

The nest, built mainly by the female, is a shallow cup in a creeper or dense bush into which the usually two brown-blotched greenish-white eggs are laid. Both sexes incubate for 16–17 days to hatching, and both bring food to the chicks. Fledging takes place in about another 16 days. About 2% of nests are parasitised  by the Black Cuckoo.

 


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