Tropical Boubou

The Tropical Boubou or Bell Shrike is a medium-sized passerine bird of sub-Saharan Africa. This very diverse species with its numerous subspecies and morphs has since long posed a taxonomic problem, and recent research suggests it is a cryptic species complex that ought to be split into several species.

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The Tropical Boubou is classified as Least Concern. Does not qualify for a more at risk category. Widespread and abundant taxa are included in this category.

differs from Tropical Boubou in that it is smaller and has less white in the wing. Bulo Burti Boubou - The "Bulo Burti Boubou", formerly recognized as a distinct species, Laniarius liberatus, was only known from one individual trapped in 1988 in central Somalia, 140 km inland in Hiiraan gobolka (region) near Buuloburde (Buulobarde, Bulo Burti) on the Shebelle River, and was described using blood and feather samples to provide a DNA sequence. More

The Tropical Boubou or Bell Shrike (Laniarius aethiopicus) is a medium-sized passerine bird of sub-Saharan Africa. This very diverse "species" with its numerous subspecies and morphs has since long posed a taxonomic problem, and recent research suggests it is a cryptic species complex that ought to be split into several species. Contents - * 1 Description * 1. More

Sixteen of the tropical boubou pairs stood their ground, and 11 of these pairs sung the 'victory duet' within 30 minutes of the researchers turning off their tape machine. The birds that flew off - presumably after 'losing' the battle - didn't sing any note at all for at least 30 minutes. The 'victory duet' was the first and only song that the birds sung within 30 minutes of the antagonistic encounter. More

Distribution of Tropical boubou in southern Africa, based on statistical smoothing of the records from first SA Bird Atlas Project (© Animal Demography unit, University of Cape Town; smoothing by Birgit Erni and Francesca Little). Colours range from dark blue (most common) through to yellow (least common). See here for the latest distribution from the SABAP2. Food An adaptable hunter, it eats a variety of animals such as rodents, insects and other birds. More

of duetting in tropical boubous and that both co-operation and conflict between males and females have shaped duetting behaviour . During our study of the function of duetting we noticed that, after simulated territorial intrusions using acoustic playbacks, one male-initiated duet (Fig. 1) was nearly never used during encounters in which birds sang between 50–200 duets. More

The Tropical Boubou is a Southern African bird that belongs to the Maloconotidae bird family group which includes birds such as Bush-shrikes, Puffbacks, Tchagras, Boubous, Helment-shrikes, Batises, Wattle-eyes. The description for the Tropical Boubou (Latin name Laniarius aethiopicus) can be found in the 7th Edition of the Roberts Birds of Southern Africa. The Laniarius aethiopicus can be quickly identified by its unique Roberts identification number of 737 and the detailed description of this bird is on page 696. More

Aspects of the topic tropical boubou are discussed in the following places at Britannica. Assorted References * description (in shrike (bird)) (8 inches) long, plain-coloured, often with a slash of white on the wings. All black forms include the sooty boubou (L. leucorhynchus). Black and white, with red-tinged underparts, is the tropical boubou (L. aethiopicus). More

Although difficult to spot and photograph the Tropical Boubou is easily identified from its call. The birds perform a duet which has a very distinctive 2 note bell-like quality (hence its alternate name of Bell Shrike). They are generally shy, preferring dense cover and undergrowth however they have become more confiding around human habitation and may feed on the ground in gardens and around lodges in Game Reserves and National Parks. They can be easily distinguished from the other pied fiscals by their posture and habits. More

TO most listeners, the tropical boubou is just singing. Research in the dense thickets of C More

the tropical boubou (Laniarius aethiopicus), that uses one duet type as a postconflict display probably to advertise victory to other boubous.ResultsWe simulated intrusions into boubou territories in the field in Ivory Coast, West Africa using playbacks of four different types of boubou duets to test the use of the presumptive acoustic victory display before, during and after playbacks. These staged encounters resulted in either retreat of the focal birds during playback or continued presence accompanied by vocal displays after playback had ceased. More

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Order : Passeriformes
Family : Malaconotidae
Genus : Laniarius
Species : aethiopicus
Authority : (Gmelin, 1788)