French: Pie-grièche de Souza German: Miombowürger Spanish: Alcaudón de Souza
Three subspecies recognized.
Subspecies and Distribution
L. s. souzae
Bocage, 1878 – SE Gabon, S Congo, SW DRCongo and Angola (excluding W & S).
L. s. burigi
Chapin, 1950 – E Rwanda and W Tanzania; probably Burundi.
L. s. tacitus
Clancey, 1970 – SE Angola (Cuando Cubango) E to SE DRCongo (Katanga), Zambia, Malawi, W Mozambique, and S to NE Namibia and, rarely, N Botswana (R Chobe).
17–18 cm; 21–30 g. Smallish shrike with barred upperparts and long slender tail. Male nominate race has black facial mask from bill base through eye to rear of... read more
Quiet; various chattering and whistling sounds, rarely heard. Territorial call probably a muted... read more
Woodland, mainly in areas where forest thins out, also edges of wooded gardens. In most of range... read more
Food and feeding
Few data. Recorded food arthropods, i.e. insects and large spiders (Araneae); possible that vertebrates occasionally taken. When hunting,... read more
Season at least Sept in Angola, Sept–Nov in DRCongo and Zambia, and Sept–Dec (mainly Oct) in Malawi. Possible co-operative... read more
Mainly resident, but information scarce. Possibly some local movements in dry season; records in S... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. Generally uncommon. Has large range, with estimated global extent of occurrence of 1,700,000 km², but within this it is sparsely distributed and... read more
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