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Southern White-crowned Shrike

Eurocephalus anguitimens

Description:

My second photo shoot-out with this species, much more successful than the first one. Roughly, this bird is the size of blackbird. It shows grey-brown coat, and white underparts, and brownsih underbelly. The crown and the neck are also white (my favourite photo here is No 3), and it sports a monk-style darker brown to black mask.

Habitat:

Very sociable shrike, here I observed at least five individuals congregated under this tree (together with a drongo, Carps's tit, Red billed buffalo weaver and some sparrows). Observed in a communal garden in Warmquelle, a town in north-western part of Namibia, Kunene region - a dry, open acacia woodland region. Very dry at the moment after a few years dry-spell, but still magnificent and full of wildlife.

Notes:

I was a bit surprised that this bird is a lifer for PN (and it is a lifer for me, too)... we have few of it's Northern cousins, (Eurocephalus rueppelli or a Northern white-crowned Shrike), but looks to be the first one of this species on PN.

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Zlatan Celebic
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Zlatan Celebic

Kunene Region, Namibia

Lat: -19.32, Long: 13.97

Spotted on Mar 11, 2020
Submitted on Mar 20, 2020

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