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Black-fronted Bush-Shrike | Telophorus nigrifrons

The Black-fronted Bush-Shrike 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 Black-fronted Bush-Shrike (Latin name Telophorus nigrifrons) can be found in the 7th Edition of the Roberts Birds of Southern Africa. The Telophorus nigrifrons can be quickly identified by its unique Roberts identification number of 749 and the detailed description of this bird is on page 703. You will find a picture of the Black-fronted Bush-Shrike 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 Black-fronted Bush-Shrike between the Roberts 6th and Roberts 7th Edition

The Black-fronted Bush-Shrike is known in Afrikaans as Swartoogboslaksman.

The Black-fronted Bush-Shrike has a height of 19 cms and weighs around 35 gms. The head is coloured grey while the bill is coloured black. The Telophorus nigrifrons has a grey coloured throat, blue legs and a grey coloured back. The eyes are brown.

The male Telophorus nigrifrons 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 grey

Eyes are brown

Bill is black

Legs are blue

Throat is grey

Back is grey

Feeding Habits ...

This bird forages for food on the ground

The Telophorus nigrifrons 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 Black-fronted Bush-Shrike 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 green.

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

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

Seen in Flocks, Singles or Pairs Normally ...

The Black-fronted Bush-Shrike 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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