Malaconotidae – Bushshrikes

Swamp Boubou (Laniarius bicolor) by Bob-Nan

Swamp Boubou (Laniarius bicolor) by Bob-Nan

If a bird’s nest chance to be before thee in the way in any tree, or on the ground, whether they be young ones, or eggs, and the dam sitting upon the young, or upon the eggs, thou shalt not take the dam with the young: (Deuteronomy 22:6 KJV)

CLASS – AVES, Order – PASSERIFORMES, Family – Malaconotidae – Bushshrikes

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Species (50)

Fiery-breasted Bushshrike (Malaconotus cruentus)
Monteiro’s Bushshrike (Malaconotus monteiri)
Grey-headed Bushshrike (Malaconotus blanchoti)
Lagden’s Bushshrike (Malaconotus lagdeni)
Green-breasted Bushshrike (Malaconotus gladiator)
Uluguru Bushshrike (Malaconotus alius)
Mount Kupe Bushshrike (Chlorophoneus kupeensis)
Many-colored Bushshrike (Chlorophoneus multicolor)
Black-fronted Bushshrike (Chlorophoneus nigrifrons)
Olive Bushshrike (Chlorophoneus olivaceus)
Bocage’s Bushshrike (Chlorophoneus bocagei)
Orange-breasted Bushshrike (Chlorophoneus sulfureopectus)
Gorgeous Bushshrike (Telophorus viridis)
Doherty’s Bushshrike (Telophorus dohertyi)
Bokmakierie (Telophorus zeylonus)
Rosy-patched Bushshrike (Telophorus cruentus)
Marsh Tchagra (Bocagia minuta)
Brown-crowned Tchagra (Tchagra australis)
Three-streaked Tchagra (Tchagra jamesi)
Southern Tchagra (Tchagra tchagra)
Black-crowned Tchagra (Tchagra senegalus)
Sabine’s Puffback (Dryoscopus sabini)
Pink-footed Puffback (Dryoscopus angolensis)
Red-eyed Puffback (Dryoscopus senegalensis)
Black-backed Puffback (Dryoscopus cubla)
Northern Puffback (Dryoscopus gambensis)
Pringle’s Puffback (Dryoscopus pringlii)
Lowland Sooty Boubou (Laniarius leucorhynchus)
Mountain Sooty Boubou (Laniarius poensis)
Albertine Sooty Boubou (Laniarius holomelas)
Willard’s Sooty Boubou (Laniarius willardi)
Fülleborn’s Boubou (Laniarius fuelleborni)
Slate-colored Boubou (Laniarius funebris)
Lühder’s Bushshrike (Laniarius luehderi)
Braun’s Bushshrike (Laniarius brauni)
Gabela Bushshrike (Laniarius amboimensis)
Red-naped Bushshrike (Laniarius ruficeps)
Black Boubou (Laniarius nigerrimus)
Ethiopian Boubou (Laniarius aethiopicus)
Tropical Boubou (Laniarius major)
East Coast Boubou (Laniarius sublacteus)
Southern Boubou (Laniarius ferrugineus)
Swamp Boubou (Laniarius bicolor)
Turati’s Boubou (Laniarius turatii)
Yellow-crowned Gonolek (Laniarius barbarus)
Papyrus Gonolek (Laniarius mufumbiri)
Black-headed Gonolek (Laniarius erythrogaster)
Crimson-breasted Shrike (Laniarius atrococcineus)
Yellow-breasted Boubou (Laniarius atroflavus)
Brubru (Nilaus afer)


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The bushshrikes are smallish passerine bird species. They were formerly classed with the true shrikes in the family Laniidae, but are now considered sufficiently distinctive to be separated from that group as the family Malaconotidae.

This is an African group of species which are found in scrub or open woodland. They are similar in habits to shrikes, hunting insects and other small prey from a perch on a bush. Although similar in build to the shrikes, these tend to be either colourful species or largely black; some species are quite secretive.

Some bushshrikes have flamboyant displays. The male puffbacks puff out the loose feathers on their rump and lower back, to look almost ball-like.

These are mainly insectivorous forest or scrub birds. Up to four eggs are laid in a cup nest in a tree. (Wikipedia with editing)

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