May 1, 2016 – Grey-headed Bush-shrike (Malaconotus blanchoti)

Found from Senegal east to Somalia and south to South Africa, these bush-shrikes have a somewhat patchy range across much of central and eastern Africa. They eat invertebrates, including locusts, grasshoppers, mantises, and bees, along with small vertebrates, such as snakes, bats, and birds. Males collect nesting materials, such as grass, leaves, and twigs, and females construct the cup-shaped nests in forked branches. Females incubate the eggs while males bring them food until the chicks hatch. One parent then remains with the chicks continuously while the other finds food. Because of their drawn-out whistling calls they are sometimes called “ghost birds.”