Magpie Shrike (Corvinella melanoleuca) - HBW 13, p. 795
Corvinelle noir et blanc
Other common names: (Eastern) Long-tailed Shrike(!)
melanoleucus Jardine, 1831, Orange River, South Africa.
Sometimes placed in a monotypic genus, Urolestes, because of distinctive plumage coloration and pattern. Treated as congeneric with C. corvina on basis mainly of similarities in morphology (e.g. long tail), vocal communication patterns, and social behaviour (co-operative breeding, gregariousness). Race angolensis sometimes synonymized with nominate, as more rarely is expressa. Four subspecies recognized.
Subspecies and Distribution:
- aequatorialis (Reichenow, 1887) - SW Kenya (E Masai Mara Game Park) and Tanzania (from SE L Victoria E to S slopes of Mt Kilimanjaro, S to SE L Tanganyika and SW to N L Malawi).
- angolensis (Meise, 1958) - SW Angola and NE Namibia (NE of Namib Desert).
- melanoleuca (Jardine, 1831) - S Zambia, Zimbabwe (except SE), Botswana (except large parts of Kalahari) and N South Africa.
- expressa (Clancey, 1961) - SE Malawi, SE Zimbabwe and NW & C Mozambique S to NE South Africa (Kruger NP and NE KwaZulu-Natal) and E Swaziland.
- Least Concern Enlarge map
VideosSee all 9 videos
Perched bird Locality Kruger National Park, South Africa
Juan Sanabria 1 August 2013 1 year ago 34 sec 4.7
Seen from behind, then flyes away Locality Kruger National Park, South Africa
Juan Sanabria 1 August 2013 1 year ago 46 sec 4.4
3 views Locality Kruger National Park, South Africa
Juan Sanabria 1 August 2013 1 year ago 43 sec 4
A bird resting on a branch. Locality Nylsvley Nature Reserve, Limpopo Province, South Africa (ssp melanoleuca)
Keith Blomerley 25 October 2004 8 years ago 25 sec 4
A bird on a branch, looking around. Locality Vogelpark Walsrode, Walsrode, Lower Saxony, Germany
Josep del Hoyo 12 August 2006 5 years ago 30 sec 3.7
pair in a bush Locality Maasai Mara National Reserve, Kenya
Keith and Lynn Youngs 22 November 2013 1 year ago 17 sec 3.5
PhotosSee all 26 photos
Bird on a branch
Locality Tarangire National Park, Tanzania (ssp aequaterialis)
Arti 23 March 2013 38 weeks ago 4.7
Magpie Shrike (Corvinella melanoleuca)
Locality Serengeti National Park, Serengeti, Tanzania
Jacques Erard 15 July 2012 1 year ago 4.5
Two perched birds showing dorsal pattern.
Locality Kruger National Park, South Africa (ssp expressa)
Fran Trabalon 29 October 2009 3 years ago 4.1
Perched on a tree.
Locality Pilanesberg National Park, North West Province, South Africa
Robert Erasmus 18 August 2010 4 years ago 4.1
A bird perched near Satara
Locality Kruger National Park, South Africa
Ghislain Gosse 28 July 2008 4 years ago 4.1
Elsterwürger (Corvinella melanoleuca)
Locality Wilhelma, Stuttgart, Baden-Württemberg, Germany
lambrigger 17 weeks ago 4
Calling from the top of a tree. Mopani area. 10:27am. Locality Kruger National Park, South Africa
Charles Hesse 24 December 2009 4 years ago 4