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Rosy-patched Bushshrike

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Rhodophoneus cruentus

Telophorus cruentus

Female Photo by juninho Photographed: Laikipia, Kenya
Photo by juninho
Photographed: Laikipia, Kenya


[edit] Identification

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.

[edit] Distribution

Djibouti, Egypt, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Kenya, Somalia, South Sudan, Sudan, and Tanzania.

[edit] Taxonomy

Four subspecies are recognized in this species:[1]

  • R. c. cruentus

extreme southeastern Egypt, northeastern Sudan, Eritrea, and northern Ethiopia

  • R. c. kordofanicus
  • Sudan (western Kordofan)
  • R. c. hilgerti
  • R. c. cathemagmenus
  • Southern Kenya (Tsavo and Lake Victoria) to north-eastern Tanzania

Gill and Donsker (2010)[2] place this species in the genus Telophorus.

[edit] Habitat

Arid to semi-arid scrub, thicket and previously cultivated lands.

[edit] Behaviour

Often found in pairs, usually in dense cover, but sometimes uses a high perch when singing.

[edit] Vocalisation

A loud duet; tsuee tsuueee.

[edit] References

  1. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, D. Roberson, T. A. Fredericks, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2017. The eBird/Clements checklist of birds of the world: v2017, with updates to August 2017. Downloaded from
  2. Gill, F and D Donsker (Eds). 2010. IOC World Bird Names (version 2.7). Available at
  3. Sinclair, I and P Ryan. 2003. Birds of Africa South of the Sahara. Princeton: Princeton Univ. Press. ISBN 978-0691118154

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