White-tailed Shrike

Lanioturdus torquatus (near-endemic)

This black, white and grey “shrike” with its piercing yellow eyes is a near endemic species to Namibia, where it can be found in dry savannah, especially bush-willow, mopane and acacia.

We regularly bumped into this striking, close relative of the batis in July 2012 while travelling through Namibia. We recorded the bird as far north as Kunene and as far south as Zebra River Lodge near Sossusvlei.


White-tailed Shrike / Grootberg, Northern Namibia / 12 July 2012 White-tailed Shrike / Erongo Wilderness Camp, Central Namibia / 27 July 2012 White-tailed Shrike / Erongo Wilderness Camp, Central Namibia / 27 July 2012 White-tailed Shrike / Grootberg, Northern Namibia / 12 July 2012 White-tailed Shrike / Grootberg, Northern Namibia / 12 July 2012 White-tailed Shrike / Erongo Wilderness Camp, Central Namibia / 27 July 2012
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