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Boubou: Southern Boubou

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Boubou: Southern Boubou

Unread postby MarkWildDog » Sat Jan 20, 2007 10:59 am

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This boubou gets up to a lot of mischief during his daily routine. First he tries his luck stealing chicks from the Chinspot Batis then he gets stuck in the chicken cage and I have to rescue him.
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Southern Boubou
Laniarius ferrugineus

Differs from the Common Fiscal Shrike because of it's shorter tail, white stripe on wing and habits. Differs from the Tropical & Swamp boubous because of it's rufous flanks, undertail and belly.

Size: 23 cm.
Sexes: Female slightly greyer, rufous wash on breast.
Juvenile: Mottled buff-brown upperparts, barred underparts.
Habitat: Thickets, riverine and forests.
Status: Common & Endemic.
Call: 'Boo-boo', whistled 'whee-ooo'.

*Source: Birds of Southern Africa - Ian Sinclair & Phil Hockey

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Unread postby Bush Baptist » Thu Apr 26, 2007 3:35 pm

Seen them in Bontebok NP
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Unread postby Bush Baptist » Thu May 03, 2007 1:25 pm

Saw a few in Wilderness NP last weekend
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Unread postby kathy sa » Sun May 06, 2007 5:05 pm

We have one that visits our garden in Fourways, Gauteng. He makes a huge commotion to announce his arrival!

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Unread postby Caracal » Sun May 06, 2007 5:23 pm

Just seen one at Rondevlei Bird Sanctuary this afternoon. On a previous visit to Rondevlei I saw one with a snail in it's beak. It was hitting the snail against the branch of the tree...obviously to break the snail's shell so that he could eat the yummy insides...ugh!!!!

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Unread postby Earthwalker » Fri May 25, 2007 2:04 pm

My favorite garden bird, we have had a nesting pair in our garden (Pretoria) for about the last 2 -3 years. Wonderful calls & sightings except when I bring out the camera.

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Unread postby francoisd » Mon May 28, 2007 10:36 am

Just returned from Addo and there where loads of them around.
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Re: Boubou: Southern Boubou

Unread postby Wild about cats » Mon Nov 10, 2008 10:40 am

These guys were rummaging through the bins at Skukuza Day Visitors

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Re: Boubou: Southern Boubou

Unread postby Yolandé Oelsen » Mon Nov 10, 2008 11:05 am

I love these birds - they have such a beautiful and strong call! And they are called out so easily and then keep on sitting near you!

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This one sat rigth in front of me -looking me straight in the eye.

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And then came down the fence to nearly on my foot - I had to "shoo" it away - thought it would bite my toes! :D
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Re: Boubou: Southern Boubou

Unread postby wmahon465 » Mon Nov 10, 2008 9:07 pm

Saw this one posing at Tsokwane in May,very dark, fill flash and slightly overexposed.

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Re: Identification Help - General Birds

Unread postby arks » Fri Jan 30, 2009 1:57 am

I saw this bird on the Mahonie loop on 19 October 2008. My first guess is that it's a southern boubou, but I then wondered whether it might be the similar, but paler tropical boubou?

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Probably the former, but it never hurts to ask :wink:
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Re: Identification Help - General Birds

Unread postby Yolandé Oelsen » Fri Jan 30, 2009 3:24 pm

Southern Boubou arks
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Re: Boubou: Southern Boubou

Unread postby Guinea Pig » Tue Oct 06, 2009 3:49 pm

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Re: Identification Help - General Birds

Unread postby iNkwazi » Tue Nov 10, 2009 8:30 pm

Please help me with this one. Unfortunately it was so high up in the tree, and I couldn't get a side-on view. Taken at LS camp.
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Re: Identification Help - General Birds

Unread postby Rusty Justy » Tue Nov 10, 2009 8:40 pm

Southern Boubou............ :thumbs_up:
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