Magpie shrike

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Magpie shrike
Urolestes melanoleucus -Limpopo, South Africa-8.jpg
In Limpopo, South Africa
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Order: Passeriformes
Family: Laniidae
Genus: Urolestes
Cabanis, 1850
Species: U. melanoleucus
Binomial name
Urolestes melanoleucus
(Jardine, 1831)

Corvinella melanoleuca

Two magpie shrikes in Serengeti National Park, Tanzania

The magpie shrike (Urolestes melanoleucus), also known as the African long-tailed shrike, is a species of bird in the Laniidae family. It is monotypic within the genus Urolestes.[2] It is found in Angola, Botswana, Kenya, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa, Swaziland, Tanzania, Zambia, and Zimbabwe.

Its natural habitats are dry savannah, moist savannah, and subtropical or tropical dry shrubland [1] and it feeds on arthropods, insects, lizards, mice, fruit and carrion .


External links[edit]

  • Photos - Tanzanian Birds & Butterflies
  • Species text - The Atlas of Southern African Birds