French: Gonolek à croupion rose German: Rosenwürger Spanish: Bubú pechirrosado
Hemprich and Ehrenberg
Arkiko, near Massawa, Eritrea
Subspecies and Distribution
R. c. cruentus
(Hemprich & Ehrenberg, 1828) – Rosy-patched Bush-shrike – SE Egypt, WC & NE Sudan, Eritrea and extreme N Ethiopia.
R. c. hilgerti
(Neumann, 1903) – extreme SE South Sudan, C, E & S Ethiopia, Djibouti, Somalia and N & E Kenya.
R. c. cathemagmenus
(Reichenow, 1887) – Tsavo Bush-shrike – S Kenya and NE Tanzania.
22–23·5 cm; male 40–62 g, one female 50 g (hilgerti). Distinctive, with long, graduated tail, quite heavy and strong bill hooked and notched. Male... read more
Various thin, piercing or chirping, quavering whistles, somewhat slurred and ventriloquial.... read more
Wadis with extensive acacia (Acacia) groves, hot coastal plains with acacia and dry, open... read more
Food and feeding
Insects, including beetles (Coleoptera) and grasshoppers (Orthoptera); some small fruits. Terrestrial, spending much time on open or almost... read more
Breeds probably in response to rain, duetting common in spring and early summer; about Mar–Jun on Egypt-Sudan border (Jebel Elba),... read more
Resident. Possible movement in Red Sea Hills, in Sudan, where said to be common only seasonally.... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. Race kordofanicus, known only from three specimens collected in 1902 in Ogayeh Wells (near El Obeid), in Kordofan, and one individual seen... read more
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