What a breast….Crimson-breasted Shrike…

Crimson-breasted shrike (Laniarius atrococcineus) or the crimson-breasted gonolek;

‘Gonolek’ where did that name come from ?? It is supposedly imitative of its call.

It is a southern African bird. —- and it is beautiful… with that red breast you can’t mistake it… continually hopping around on the ground in search of food….

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This shrike is extremely nimble and restless, its penetrating whistles often being the first sign of its presence, by no means a shy species. So when this one hopped about on a railway sleeper construction my camera’s shutter went wild….

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52 thoughts on “What a breast….Crimson-breasted Shrike…

  1. What a superb series of images. And how lucky to catch the sun in the bird’s eye too.
    I love the brilliant red of it’s body – it certainly ‘stands out’

    • Thank you Ronnie… I had to buy a tablet for demos of our software and now find it easier to keep in touch not having to open a lap top… this one fits in my pocket…

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