French: Pie-grièche de Somalie German: Somaliwürger Spanish: Alcaudón somalí
Hartlaub and Heuglin#R
Bender Gam, Ker-Singeli-Somals country, Red Sea, Somalia
Extreme SE South Sudan, Ethiopia (except N & W), Somalia (except SW) and NW Kenya (L Turkana Basin E to Marsabit).
20–21 cm; 48–58 g. A medium-sized black-and-white shrike with relatively short tail. Male has top and side of head to upper mantle jet-black, lower-mantle and... read more
Song described as a mix of initial atonal buzzes and rather musical short whistles, e.g. “bur... read more
Very arid and sparsely vegetated habitats: found in acacia (Acacia) short-grass savanna... read more
Food and feeding
Feeds mainly on large arthropods such as beetles (Coleoptera), grasshoppers (Orthoptera) and mantises (Mantodea); also on small birds and,... read more
Season protracted, taking place during wettest months of year (when food likely to be more abundant); Nov–Feb and Apr–Jul in... read more
Resident. Some possible local movements; two individuals found at Djibouti in Mar and, in S,... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. Common in Somalia; uncommon to frequent in Ethiopia; uncommon and local in Kenya. Status in SE Sudan uncertain; rare or under-recorded in this area,... read more
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