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Butcher Bird

The South African Lanius Collaris is commonly known as the Butcher Bird or the Fiskaallaksman (Afrikanns). The colours are black and white with a little reddish-brown under the wings. It probably gets its name from the way it treats its prey. It tends to impale it food on sharp objects such as thorns or the barbs of barb-wire fences.
Butcher Birds are very territorial birds and will chase away and attack any unsuspecting trespasser in its territory.
The female is the nest builder and will lay 3-4 eggs at a time. The eggs will hatch in about 16 days.

Butcher bird