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Brubru | Nilaus afer

The Brubru 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 Brubru (Latin name Nilaus afer) can be found in the 7th Edition of the Roberts Birds of Southern Africa. The Nilaus afer can be quickly identified by its unique Roberts identification number of 741 and the detailed description of this bird is on page 688. You will find a picture of the Brubru on page 721.

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 Brubru between the Roberts 6th and Roberts 7th Edition

The Brubru is known in Afrikaans as Bontroklaksman.

The Brubru has a height of 15 cms and weighs around 24 gms. The head is coloured black while the bill is coloured black. The Nilaus afer has a white coloured throat, grey legs and a black coloured back. The eyes are brown.

The male Nilaus afer 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 brown

Bill is black

Legs are grey

Throat is white

Back is black

Feeding Habits ...

The Nilaus afer attacks its prey aerially and feeds on wing or takes the prey to a secluded venue where it is killed, torn into small pieces and eaten

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

Breeding, Habitat and Nesting Habits ...

The Brubru 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 eggs and they are coloured grey.

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

The Brubru 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

Seen in Flocks, Singles or Pairs Normally ...

The Brubru is mainly seen singly or in pairs in the wild.

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."

copyright: Tony Roocroft +27-11-454-0105

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