A remarkable and so striking red or black color combination that is perfectly enhanced by stunning white speed stripes

A quick, restless bird with a unique, eye-catching black/red color combination and pure white speed stripes.

The crimson-breasted shrike (Laniarius atrococcineus) is sometimes known as the crimson-breasted gonolek (‘gonolek’ – allegedly a call imitation).

A remarkable and so striking red or black color combination that is perfectly enhanced by stunning white speed stripes

This species’ sexes are nearly indistinguishable from one another.

These birds have black upper parts, crest, and tail, with black wings and a white stripe on each wing.

The underparts and rump are a vibrant crimson color.

Young birds are speckled barred buff-brown in color, with a lighter beak than adults.

A rare yellow-breasted for was formerly considered to be a distinct species.

A remarkable and so striking red or black color combination that is perfectly enhanced by stunning white speed stripes

This species is endemic to Southern Africa, ranging from Angola and Zambia to northern South Africa.

With populations also found in Namibia, Botswana, and western Zimbabwe.

The Crimson-breasted shrike prefers dry habitats such as thorn veld, Acacia savanna, semi-arid scrubland, and riparian scrub.

This species feeds on food gathered from leaf litter, tree trunks, and anything else on the ground.

Their primary food sources include ants, beetles, caterpillars, and fruit.

They have also been observed chasing bats and lizards.

Crimson-breasted shrikes breed from August to January, with a peak between October and November.

The male and female work together to construct the nest.

A remarkable and so striking red or black color combination that is perfectly enhanced by stunning white speed stripes

Which is nearly entirely built of Acacia tree bark lined with grass and rootlets.

They use spider’s web to tie the entire construction together, generally on the fork of a tree or on a horizontal limb.

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