French: Eurocéphale de Rüppell German: Rüppellwürger Spanish: Alcaudón culiblanco
Other common names:
White Nile, Shoa, Ethiopia
Subspecies and Distribution
E. r. ruppelli
Bonaparte, 1853 – SE South Sudan, N & E Uganda, W part of S Ethiopia, Kenya (except NE) and N, C & S Tanzania.
E. r. erlangeri
Zedlitz, 1913 – C & SE Ethiopia, NE Kenya and extreme NW, C & S Somalia.
19–23 cm; 42–58 g. A large stocky shrike with relatively short tail. Nominate race has forehead, crown and nape white, dull black facial mask from bill base and... read more
Little information available. Has complex repertoire with noisy, harsh nasal quality, very similar... read more
Dry thornbush areas and open woodland. Typical species of acacia (Acacia) or ... read more
Food and feeding
Mainly insectivorous, but little information available. Beetles (Coleoptera), grasshoppers (Orthoptera) and butterflies (Lepidoptera) most... read more
Very few data. Season Mar–May and Oct in Ethiopia, Aug–Dec in Sudan, Mar–Jun in Somalia, Jan–Apr/May and Nov in... read more
Little information available; possibly some local seasonal movements in Sudan.
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. Common in most of range. Has been poisoned during spraying of Red-billed Quelea (Quelea quelea) colonies. Occurs in several protected areas... read more
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