Gorgeous Bushshrike

Chlorophoneus viridis

This unmistakeable, crimson-throated bush-shrike is incredibly easy to locate, given the male’s penetrating call, but incredibly difficult to see and photograph due to their ability to hide within thick vegetation.

I have spent hours trying to locate these stunning birds at Umdoni Forest in Pennington, (which must rate as one of the best spots in the country to find them) but have only laid eyes on them on 2 separate occasions. I have only once photographed this species in June 2011 with Gordon Botha and Samson Maludzi in Roodewal Forest, Soutpansberg.


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