Birds of Namibia
Introduction: Magpie shrikes (Corvinella melanoleuca) are also known as long-tailed shrikes. They inhabit open savannah woodland with short grass, bare ground and scattered trees. Parks with lawns also attract the magpie shrike, usually in groups of 3 to 12 birds.
Diet: Flies down from perch to search ground for grasshoppers, beetles, large grubs, spiders, ticks, reptiles, fruit, rotting meat and mice.
Description: Large shrike with very long, graduated tails. Corvinella is the Latin equivalent for ' a small crow'. Black body with bluish gloss, white lower back and pale grey rump. Black tail, with small white spot.
Breeding: Both male and female build a large bulky cup made of roots and twigs from September to February. 2 to 6 eggs are laid and incubated for about 16 days.
Size: 29cm. Tail: 29cm. Weight: 80g.
3 Days - A Sossusvlei trip including guided nature drives & visits to the dunes as well as a balloon safari
3 Days - NamibRand Nature Reserve is one of the most beautiful desert areas in Namibia - this fully inclusive trip visits this scenic area
3 Days - Swakopmund on the Namibian coast is the destination of this self drive tour
4 Days - Etosha & Ongava reserve offer excellent wildlife viewing
12 Days - Sossusvlei, Swakopmund, Damaraland, Etosha & Ongava Reserves, Okonjima