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James Tyrrell


James had hardly touched a camera when he came to Londolozi, but his writing skills that complemented his Honours degree in Zoology meant that he was quickly snapped up by the Londolozi blog team. An environment rich in photographers helped him develop the ...

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on What Bird is This? #21

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Joan Schmiidt
Master Tracker

James, I have no idea

Alex McMillan
Senior Digital Ranger

I’d go with a magpie shrike …

Deborah McBride
Digital Ranger

Fork-tailed Drongo?

Rory Hudson

magpie shrike

Ian Maclarty
Guest contributor

Hi James. Magpie Shrike seems to fit the evidence in the picture.

Wim Delvoye

I also go for the magpie shrike.

Maggy Sewell

I’ll guess it is a pin-tailed whydah

Cheung Yc
Digital Ranger


Callum Evans
Guest contributor

Magpie Shrike, the long tail is a big clue!

David Finkle

Magpie shrike, the tail doesn’t seem quite long enough for an adult male pin-tailed whydah.

Declan Porter

Stoked about another bird ID challenge! I just got back from a trip to Kruger and had some fantastic birding. This is a Magpie Shrike (Urolestes melanoleucus). We saw plenty of them around on our Kruger trip.

My guess would be magpie shrike due to the tail feathers…

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