KNP magpie shrike fly

The Magpie Shrike, also known as the Long-tailed Shrike (Afrikaans name, Langstertlaksman)is a locally common resident on the Eastern parts of the Kruger National Park.

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Feeds mainly on insects but also small reptiles, mice, rotting meat and fruit.

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Most prey is taken from the ground but they can also be seen hawking insects.

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A cuplike nest is built 3 – 5m up in an acacia tree. Incubation is by the female only and she will be fed by the male and other members of the group.

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The nestlings are fed by all group members.

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