Species names in all available languages
|English (United States)||Ethiopian Boubou|
|French (France)||Gonolek d'Abyssinie|
|Serbian||Etiopski bubu svračak|
|Spanish (Spain)||Bubú abisinio|
Nárgila Moura standardized the account with Clements taxonomy. Peter Pyle updated the Plumages, Molts, and Structure page. Peter F. D. Boesman updated the Sounds and Vocal Behavior section.
Laniarius aethiopicus (Gmelin, 1789)
- aethiopica / aethiopicus
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Diet and Foraging
Main Foods Taken
Invertebrates, fruits, and small vertebrates.
Microhabitat for Foraging
Shy and secretive, keeping inside cover, but inquisitive, even confiding, coming into the open on ground in large gardens and around game lodges. Forages mostly low down in woody vegetation and foliage, often dropping to ground, where it hops in leaf litter, turning a leaf or piece of bark when it sees an insect disappearing under it. Sometimes comes out from under bush and hunts in roadside drains or wet silt along paths. Wedges larger prey items in a fork, and uses bill to tear them apart; not known to impale prey in the wild, but a captive individual stuck pieces of meat on to branches in its aviary. Forages singly and in pairs, also in family groups.
Food Capture and Consumption
Gleans trunks, branches and foliage, but probably takes more food from the ground than from vegetation; occasionally hawks for flying insects.
Major Food items
Insects, including Orthoptera, mantises (Mantidae), termites (Isoptera), beetles (Coleoptera), caterpillars, other larvae and pupae; some small snails (Gastropoda) and small fruits; a few small vertebrates, including chameleons (Chamaeleonidae), skinks (Scincidae), geckos (Gekkonidae), amphibians, rodents, also bird eggs and nestlings; persistently raids nests of small birds, and often attacks waxbills (Estrilda).
Food Selection and Storage
Nutrition and Energetics
Metabolism and Temperature Regulation
Drinking, Pellet-Casting, and Defecation