The Red-backed Shrike (Afrikaans name, Rooiruglaksman) must be the most handsome fellow in this family group of birds, it is a common Palearctic migrant.

The female is duller than the male and she prefers a more wooded environment than the male.

The juvenile Red-backed Shrike is similar to the female but with heavier scallops on the chest.

The Red-backed Shrike arrive in our country in mid-late November and depart again by April. We managed to see them in the Kruger National Park.

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