Crimson - Breasted Shrike

Crimson - Breasted Shrike


This is one of the most striking birds in Botswana and is unlikely to be confused with any other species. The male and female have brilliant crimson underparts, with black backs and white stripes in the wings.


The main call is loud and fast tyotyo or quipquip and variations thereof.

Behaviour and habitat

The birds prefer Kalahari thornveld and semi-arid Acacia savanna. Their food consists of invertebrates, especially beetles, ants and caterpillars and also small fruits.

The nest is a neat cup of bark strips, bound with cobweb and situated about 2m above the ground.