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White-crested bush-shrike

Birds of Namibia

Introduction: White-creasted helmet-shrikes (Prionops plumaus) breed in broad-leaved woodland. Non-breeding birds of this species head for Acacia savannah and gardens. Noisy breeding parties of 2 to 10 birds are common with group members staying together.

Distribution: Northern and eastern Namibia including Etosha National Park, Rundu, Zambezi Region (formerly the Caprivi Strip), Okavango Delta and Moremi Game Reserve.

Diet: Forages in tree-canopies, branches, tree trunks and on the ground for caterpillars, grasshoppers, spiders, lizards and moths.

Description: Fairly small shrike with stiff, forehead feathers which fall forward over the oval nostrils. Other features include distinctive eye wattles, hooked bill and a flute-like whistling voice. Prionops refers to the ragged fleshy eye wattles.

Breeding: Clutches of 5 eggs are laid from October to February and incubated for up to 3 weeks.

Size: 18cm. Weight: 34g.

Mokuti Lodge

Large lodge situated at the Namutoni entrance gate to Etosha. Excellent facilities but expect to share these with large group tours

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