June 4, 2017 – Rosy-patched Bush-shrike, Rosy-patched Bushshrike, or Rosy-patched Shrike (Rhodophoneus cruentus)

These bush-shrikes are found in eastern Africa, as far north as Egypt and as far south as Tanzania. They eat insects, such as beetles and grasshoppers, along with some small fruits. Pairs sing duets to build and maintain their bonds. Occasionally two males will compete for attention from a female, singing as a trio until the female chooses one as a mate. They are thought to breed in response to rain, frequently singing duets in the spring and early summer.

You can see a video of a pair singing together here.


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