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Common Fiscal In these parts still known as a Common Fiscal although Butcher Bird is more appropriate, nasty way of killing their prey! This one was rather soggy! Geotagged,Lanius collaris,South Africa,Southern Fiscal,Winter,birds,shrikes,south africa Click/tap to enlarge

Common Fiscal

In these parts still known as a Common Fiscal although Butcher Bird is more appropriate, nasty way of killing their prey! This one was rather soggy!

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  1. I recently saw a photo with a bird like this impaling another bird on an acacia. Quite shocking, did not know they were such carnivores. Posted 4 years ago
    1. Horrid isn't it. Thankfully I have never seen this behaviour although I suspect that man of our chameleons end up this way. Posted 4 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 Claire Hamilton
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Uploaded Aug 19, 2015. Captured Aug 19, 2015 10:57 in Rheenendal Road, Rheenendal, 6576, South Africa.
  • f/6.3
  • 1/500s
  • ISO1600
  • 552mm