French: Eurocéphale à couronne blanche German: Weißscheitelwürger Spanish: Alcaudón coroniblanco
Other common names: White-crowned Shrike
A. Smith, 1836,
“between Latakoo and the Tropic” = northern South Africa.
Two subspecies recognized.
Subspecies and Distribution
E. a. anguitimens
A. Smith, 1836 – SW & S Angola and N & NE Namibia E to Botswana (except SW), extreme S Zambia, C plateau of Zimbabwe, and N South Africa (W Limpopo and N North West Provinces).
E. a. niveus
Clancey, 1965 – SE Zimbabwe and adjacent SW Mozambique S to NE South Africa (E Limpopo and Mpumalanga Provinces).
24 cm; 51–70 g. A large stocky shrike with relatively short tail. Nominate race has forehead, crown and nape white, black line from lores passing just through and below... read more
Repertoire diverse and complex. Calls generally loud, with some harsh and strident squeaks and... read more
Open woodland and open parkland. Requires rather tall deciduous thorny trees and sparse ground... read more
Food and feeding
Arthropods, mainly insects. Seems to favour large prey such as locusts and grasshoppers (Orthoptera), Lepidoptera (caterpillars),... read more
Laying from Sept to Feb, mostly Oct–Dec; appears to be single-brooded. Monogamous. Co-operative and territorial, single breeding pair... read more
Local seasonal movements reported. In years of drought appears to be nomadic, with irregular... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. Fairly common and quite widespread in suitable habitats; rather localised in some regions. Population seems to be stable, and habitat not under any... read more
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