Sunday, 23 March 2014

Rosy-patched Bushshrike

Rosy-patched Bushshrike  Rhodophonius cruentus
Mega Area, Ethiopia
18 January 2014

    This species seemed always to be deep in a thorny thicket and it was rarely that we had a view of the bird in the open. It was a spectacular bird and I never tired of seeing it, though it was hardly common. 
    The Rosy-patched Bushshrike is almost endemic to the Horn of Africa, but its range does extend into SE Egypt. It feeds almost exclusively on insects, gleaned either from the ground or in the bushes in which it forages.


  1. He sits or in prickly bushes, but on the 2nd picture he's very good to see. A beautiful bird!

  2. I somehow missed this one. A difficult photo opportunity, and just look at those spines!