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Cape Sparrow Cape sparrow sitting on aloes Africa,Birds,Geotagged,Lanius collaris,South Africa,Southern Fiscal Click/tap to enlarge

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  1. That's funny, you were just around the corner from me when you took this, but I don't think I have ever seen a Cape sparrow! Posted 5 years ago
  2. Beautiful photo, but it's not a Cape Sparrow at all; it's a female Common Fiscal (Lanius collaris). Posted 3 years ago
    1. Corrected, thank you for taking the time to check species. Posted 3 years ago

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The Southern Fiscal is a member of the shrike family found through most of Sub-Saharan Africa. It is also sometimes named Jackie Hangman or Butcher Bird due to its habit of impaling its prey on acacia thorns to store the food for later consumption. It was previously lumped together with the Northern Fiscal . Together they were known as the Common Fiscal.

Similar species: Passerines
Species identified by Ferdy Christant
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Uploaded May 23, 2014. Captured May 26, 2013 22:02 in 351 St Michael's Avenue, Natures Valley Western Cape 6602, South Africa.
  • DSC-H100
  • f/16.7
  • 1/100s
  • ISO80
  • 94.5mm