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Length 22-24 cm. A brown bushshrike with a reddish-pink central breast.
Adult male: The reddish-pink patch extends from chin to throat and central breast. The male of the southern subspecies (R. c. cathemagmenus) has a black gorget separating the pink throat from the pink breast-patch
Adult female: Throat white with a black gorget.
Juvenile: Whitish throat, breast mottled with black and pink.
Four subspecies are recognized in this species:
extreme southeastern Egypt, northeastern Sudan, Eritrea, and northern Ethiopia
Arid to semi-arid scrub, thicket and previously cultivated lands.
Often found in pairs, usually in dense cover, but sometimes uses a high perch when singing.
A loud duet; tsuee tsuueee.
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