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Crimson-breasted Shrike

Laniarius atrococcineus

The Crimson-breasted shrike is a small (53g, 25cm) insectivorous bird native to the drier north-western regions of South Africa and neighbouring Botswana, Namibia and Zimbabwe, where it can be found in thorny savanna thickets. They are monogamous and pairs defend a territory throughout the year, though breeding occurs mainly in the summer months. They build their nests of bark and spiderwebs.


The striking scarlet, black and white plumage of the Crimson-breasted Shrike is a perfect fit for this week’s WordPress Photo Challenge “Vibrant“.