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Photo by Scottishdude
The Gambia, March 2010
Lanius corvinus

Corvinella corvina



  • Mottled brown upperparts
  • Streaked buff underparts
  • Brown eye mask
  • Rufous wing patch
  • Yellow bill

Adults alike
Immatures have buff fringes to the wing feathers


Western Africa: Mauritania, Senegambia, Senegal, The Gambia, Guinea-Bissau, Guinea, Mali, Sierra Leone, Ivory Coast, Burkina Faso, Ghana, Togo, Benin, Nigeria, Niger, Chad, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Equatorial Guinea, Democratic Republic of Congo
Eastern Africa: Sudan, South Sudan, Kenya, Uganda


Photo by binus1963
Kololi, Gambia, November 2013


Four subspecies are recognized in this species[1]:

  • L. c. corvina:
  • L. c. togoensis:
  • L. c. caliginosa:
  • L. c. affinis:


Savannah woodland & dry scrub, also well-watered gardens.


They move around in family groups.


It builds a cup shaped nest; the clutch consisting of 4-5 eggs. Subadult & young adult birds assist in the rearing of nestlings.


Their diet consists of a wide variety of larger insects, such as crickets and grasshoppers.


  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 http://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/download/
  2. Avibase
  3. BF Member observations
  4. Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive (retrieved January 2015)
  5. Wikipedia

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