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Southern Boubou | Laniarius ferrugineus

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

The description for the Southern Boubou (Latin name Laniarius ferrugineus) can be found in the 7th Edition of the Roberts Birds of Southern Africa. The Laniarius ferrugineus can be quickly identified by its unique Roberts identification number of 736 and the detailed description of this bird is on page 697. You will find a picture of the Southern 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 Southern Boubou between the Roberts 6th and Roberts 7th Edition

The Southern Boubou is known in Afrikaans as Suidelike Waterfiskaal.

The Southern Boubou is Endemic to the Southern African Region which means that this bird is only found in this region and nowhere else in the world.

The Southern Boubou has a height of 22 cms and weighs around 60 gms. The head is coloured black while the bill is coloured black. The Laniarius ferrugineus has a white coloured throat, grey legs and a brown coloured back. The eyes are black.

The male Laniarius ferrugineus has physical features that are slightly different from the female bird.

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 black

Bill is black

Legs are grey

Throat is white

Back is brown

Feeding Habits ...

This bird forages for food on the ground

The Southern Boubou is usually seen hunting for food within the tree foliage

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

The Laniarius ferrugineus 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 Southern 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 brown.

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

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

The bird is mainly found in the Savanna grasslands where it breeds and feeds.

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

Seen in Flocks, Singles or Pairs Normally ...

The Southern 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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