Gorgeous Bush-Shrike | Telophorus viridis
The Gorgeous 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 Gorgeous Bush-Shrike (Latin name Telophorus viridis) can be found in the 7th Edition of the Roberts Birds of Southern Africa. The Telophorus viridis can be quickly identified by its unique Roberts identification number of 747 and the detailed description of this bird is on page 705. You will find a picture of the Gorgeous 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. The Latin name for this bird is Telophorus quadricolor in the Roberts 6th Edition.
The Gorgeous Bush-Shrike is known in Afrikaans as Konkoit.
The Gorgeous Bush-Shrike has a height of 19 cms and weighs around 37 gms. The head is coloured olive while the bill is coloured grey. The Telophorus viridis has a black coloured throat, blue, grey legs and a olive, green coloured back. The eyes are brown.
The male Telophorus viridis 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 olive
Eyes are brown
Bill is grey
Legs are blue, grey
Throat is black
Back is olive, green
Feeding Habits ...
This bird forages for food on the ground
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 Gorgeous 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, white.
The nest is built high up in the tree canopy and is protected from predators by branches and the dense green foligae.
The Gorgeous Bush-Shrike 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 Gorgeous Bush-Shrike is mainly seen singly or in pairs in the wild.
It is also seen in 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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