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Tropical Boubou | Laniarius aethiopicus

The Tropical Boubou is a Southern African bird that belongs to the Maloconotidae bird family group which includes birds such as Bush-shrikes, Puffbacks, Tchagras, Boubous, Helment-shrikes, Batises, Wattle-eyes.

The description for the Tropical Boubou (Latin name Laniarius aethiopicus) can be found in the 7th Edition of the Roberts Birds of Southern Africa. The Laniarius aethiopicus can be quickly identified by its unique Roberts identification number of 737 and the detailed description of this bird is on page 696. You will find a picture of the Tropical Boubou on page 752.

NOTE: The reference for the information following is "Roberts Birds of Southern Africa", 7th Edition*. This edition contained a number of taxonomic changes as well as changes to English names used traditionally and in earlier editions of most bird books in South Africa. The following paragraph notes such changes if any.

There have been no changes in the common name between the Roberts 6th and Roberts 7th Edition. There have been no changes in the Latin name for the Tropical Boubou between the Roberts 6th and Roberts 7th Edition

The Tropical Boubou has a height of 25 cms and weighs around 50 gms. The head is coloured black while the bill is coloured black. The Laniarius aethiopicus has a white coloured throat, blue, grey legs and a black coloured back. The eyes are brown.

Take note of the bird's main distinguishing features such as colour, size and leg length relative to the body size of the bird. Colours of a bird's body parts can be helpful. Be aware what may appear brown to one person is described in Roberts Birds using some other word ... for example brown, black. See colours used in Roberts.

Head is black

Eyes are brown

Bill is black

Legs are blue, grey

Throat is white

Back is black

Feeding Habits ...

This bird forages for food on the ground

The Laniarius aethiopicus attacks smaller birds in flight and uses its sharp claws to break the bird's neck. Some of the birds are attacked in their nests while others are killed on the ground. The Tropical Boubou eats the eggs of its victim.

This bird eats insects such as butterflies, bees, wasps, locusts and ants. These invertebrates are usually hawked aerially, killed and then eaten .

The Laniarius aethiopicus forages mainly on the ground or at the base of trees, and low down in the shrubs eating mostly fruits and seeds.

Breeding, Habitat and Nesting Habits ...

The Tropical Boubou is a monogamous bird which means that the bird finds and breeds with one partner for the rest of its life. The bird lays between 2 to 4 eggs and they are coloured umber.

The nest is built high up in the tree canopy and is protected from predators by branches and the dense green foligae.

The Tropical Boubou is mainly found in light and densely wooded forests, where there are Mopane trees.

This bird is very common in most of the Southern African Forests

The bird is an urban dweller as well, being at home in parks, gardens and in old vacated buildings

Seen in Flocks, Singles or Pairs Normally ...

The Tropical Boubou is mainly seen singly or in pairs in the wild.

This bird is usually seen in small family groups or in large flocks

The reference for the information following is "Roberts Birds of Southern Africa", 7th Edition * edited by PAR Hockey, WRJ Dean and PG Ryan, published by "The Trustees of the John Voelcker Bird Book Fund."

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