Tropical Boubou

Laniarius aethiopicus

This large bush-shrike is similar to the southern boubou but has a pink or cream wash to its breast and belly (as opposed to cinnamon). It is limited to the far north east of South Africa while also occuring in eastern Botswana, Zimbabwe and Mozambique, where it is a common resident in thickets, riverine and evergreen forests.

We first recorded this boubou in September 2011 while staying at “The Ark” in the Aberdares National Park, Kenya. My first southern africa sighting was in February 2012 with David Letsoala along the Luvuvhu river in Pafuri, while our best photographs of this bird were taken by Eileen in July 2012 while we were staying at the Pafuri Wilderness Camp, Northern Kruger National Park.


Tropical Boubou / Pafuri Wilderness Camp, Northern Kruger National Park, South Africa / 25 June 2012 Tropical Boubou / Pafuri Wilderness Camp, Northern Kruger National Park, South Africa / 25 June 2012 Tropical Boubou / Pafuri Wilderness Camp, Northern Kruger National Park, South Africa / 25 June 2012 Tropical Boubou / Pafuri Wilderness Camp, Northern Kruger National Park, South Africa / 25 June 2012 Tropical Boubou / The Ark, Aberdares National Park, Kenya / 12 September 2011 Tropical Boubou / Pafuri Wilderness Camp, Northern Kruger National Park, South Africa / 25 June 2012 Tropical Boubou / The Ark, Aberdares National Park, Kenya / 12 September 2011
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