The 'Butcher bird's' butchery!
The Common Fiscal is also known as the 'Butcher bird' after its habit of impaling its prey onto the thorns of an acacia tree. Today I came across this, a small acacia decorated with the corpses of the days catch. I have never seen anything quite like it. Had the bird not been in the tree along with the vole I probably would never have noticed.
Today's menu included a vole, several grasshoppers in varying stages of dying and decomposing (yes, one was still alive), a caterpillar (I think) and a beetle. Gross, but fascinating!
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.