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Crimson-breasted Shrike

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The sexes have the same colouration and are indistinguishable from each other. The upper parts, including the wings and tail, are black, the wings having a broad white bar. The underparts are vivid scarlet. A yellow-breasted form is occasionally seen, and was at first thought to be a separate species. Young birds have a mottled and barred buff-brown appearance with a pale bill.

This shrike is extremely nimble and restless, its penetrating whistles often being the first sign of its presence, although it is not a shy species.

Distribution and habitat
The crimson-breasted shrike is non-migratory and occurs in a broad swathe from southern Angola to the Free State province in South Africa. Its preferred habitat is drier thornbush areas, in thickets and riparian scrub. It makes small seasonal migrations, preferring lower altitudes during cold periods.
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What a sporty little bird with a white racing stripe on its wing. The black feathers on the head looks like he's wearing a helmet. Very beautiful bird. Thanks!


So pretty. Love the red and black with the white stripe on the wing. Must be beautiful in flight! dj

What a handsome bird!


A beautiful bird. Thank you for sharing.

Sweet little being. Animal puzzles are so calming. Thank you

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