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Bushshrikes
Black-headed Gonolek
 
Black-headed Gonolek
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
 
Phylum: Chordata
 
Class: Aves
 
Order: Passeriformes
 
Family: Malaconotidae
 
Genera
Nilaus
Dryoscopus
Tchagra
Laniarius
Rhodophoneus
Telophorus
Malaconotus

The bushshrikes are smallish passerine bird species. They were formerly classed with the true Shrikes in the family Laniidae, but are now considered sufficiently distinctive to be separated from that group as the family Malaconotidae.

This is an African group of species which are found in scrub or open woodland. They are similar in habits to shrikes, hunting insects and other small prey from a perch on a bush. Although similar in build to the shrikes, these tend to be either colourful species or largely black; some species are quite secretive.

Some bushshrikes have flamboyant displays. The male puffbacks puff out the loose feathers on their rump and lower back, to look almost ball-like.

These are mainly insectivorous forest or scrub birds. Up to four eggs are laid in a cup nest in a tree.

List of species in taxonomic order

  • Brubru, Nilaus afer
    Northern Puffback, Dryoscopus gambensis
    Pringle's Puffback, Dryoscopus pringlii
    Black-backed Puffback, Dryoscopus cubla
    Red-eyed Puffback, Dryoscopus senegalensis
    Pink-footed Puffback, Dryoscopus angolensis
    Large-billed Puffback, Dryoscopus sabini
    Marsh Tchagra, Tchagra minuta
    Black-crowned Tchagra, Tchagra senegala
    Brown-crowned Tchagra, Tchagra australis
    Three-streaked Tchagra, Tchagra jamesi
    Southern Tchagra, Tchagra tchagra
    Red-naped Bushshrike, Laniarius ruficeps
    Luehder's Bushshrike, Laniarius luehderi
    Bulo Burti Boubou, Laniarius liberatus
    Turati's Boubou, Laniarius turatii
    Tropical Boubou, Laniarius aethiopicus
    Gabon Boubou, Laniarius bicolor
    Southern Boubou, Laniarius ferrugineus
    Yellow-crowned Gonolek, Laniarius barbarus
    Black-headed Gonolek, Laniarius erythrogaster
    Crimson-breasted Gonolek, Laniarius atrococcineus
    Papyrus Gonolek, Laniarius mufumbiri
    Yellow-breasted Boubou, Laniarius atroflavus
    Slate-colored Boubou, Laniarius funebris
    Sooty Boubou, Laniarius leucorhynchus
    Fuelleborn's Boubou, Laniarius fuelleborni
    Rosy-patched Bushshrike, Rhodophoneus cruentus
    Bokmakierie, Telophorus zeylonus
    Grey-green Bushshrike, Telophorus bocagei
    Sulphur-breasted Bushshrike, Telophorus sulfureopectus
    Olive Bushshrike, Telophorus olivaceus
    Many-colored Bushshrike, Telophorus multicolor
    Black-fronted Bushshrike, Telophorus nigrifrons
    Mt. Kupe Bushshrike, Telophorus kupeensis
    Four-colored Bushshrike, Telophorus viridis
    Doherty's Bushshrike, Telophorus dohertyi
    Fiery-breasted Bushshrike, Malaconotus cruentus
    Lagden's Bushshrike, Malaconotus lagdeni
    Green-breasted Bushshrike, Malaconotus gladiator
    Grey-headed Bushshrike, Malaconotus blanchoti
    Monteiro's Bushshrike, Malaconotus monteiri
    Uluguru Bushshrike, Malaconotus alius

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