Common Fiscal

The Common Fiscal (Lanius collaris)

A member of the shrike family found through most of Sub-Saharan Africa. Some times named Fiscal Shrike, Jackie Hangman and Butcher Bird due to its habit of impaling its prey on acacia thorns to store the food for later consumption.

This is a fairly distinctive 21–23 cm long passerine with white under parts and black upper parts extending from the top of the head down to the tail. The bird has a characteristic white ‘V’ on the back and a relatively long black tail with white outer feathers and white tips on the other feathers. The bill, eyes and legs are black.

Juveniles identification is more of a challenge.  These were an easy ID, the mother was feeding them….




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