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Mr and Mrs Boubou

Mr and Mrs Boubou

feeding on the fat and bread

feeding on the fat and bread

Mr Boubou prefers to dunk his bread in the water

Mr Boubou prefers to dunk his bread in the water

Unlike the true shrikes, which perch conspicuously in the open, the Southern Boubou prefers to forage in dense vegetation close to the ground, a habit which has led to its being called shy and skulking. The food is mainly insects, taken from the ground or picked off vegetation as the bird creeps low in bushes. It will also take small rodents, lizards snailsand fruits.

The Southern Boubou has a duetted call, with a ooo-whee-ooo, followed by a whistled ooo-ooo-wheee or wheee-wheee followed by ooo-whee-ooo.

Southern Boubou

 

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