Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Southern Bou-bou

The southern boubou (Laniarius ferrugineus) ('ferrugineus' - rust-coloured) is a  bushrike. 
This species is found in southeastern Africa, in southeastern  Zimbabwe, eastern Botswana,   Mozambique and southern and eastern South Africa.  It frequents dense thickets in forests, mangroves, scrub and gardens. In drier regions, it is found in riverside woodland.
 Southern bou-bou 
 Note the thick bush it's sitting in 

The male southern boubou is a fairly distinctive 20–22 cm long bird with black upperparts extending from the top of the head down to the tail, a striking white wing stripe, and a relatively long black tail with white outer feathers. The underparts are white shading to rufous on the lower belly, undertail and flanks. The bill, eyes and legs are black.
The female is similar to the male, but dark grey above and with a rufous wash to the breast. Young birds are like the female, but mottled buff-brown above, have a buff wash to the wing bar, and are barred below.

I'm not sure whether this is male or female. My photos are too indistinct. Just happy I was able capture this elusive bird in Caroline's garden. 

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  1. I remember this bird well. How I miss Africa. Have a good day Diane

  2. Hello Jo, The Bou-bou is a handsome bird. Nice sighting and photos. Enjoy your day!

  3. he is a real cutie or she is, which ever it turns out to be... and I love that bush

  4. A wonderful bird I have never seen before. Nice captures Jo!

  5. Wonderful bird. You got some great shots. Reminds me somewhat of a cuckoo.

  6. Very good of this one to pose for you!

  7. Thats a nice bird - I can see the resemblance to shrikes (I think!)

    Cheers - Stewart M - Melbourne


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