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Nilaus afer affinis 

Linguistics
Actual scientific name :   Nilaus afer affinis 
     
Old scientific name :   Nilaus afer nigrotemporalis 
     
French name :   Pie-grièche brubru
     
English name :   Brubru
     
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Description :   Quite small compare to the other members of this family. It is also the only one to have rufous flanks. Head and wings are black marked with large white streaks. Underparts are white.  
     
Habitat :   Common in Katanga, especially in savannas and on the edge of woods. Two subspecies are present in Katanga.  
     
Behaviour :   If it wasn't for its size and its bill's size, it could be confused with a Batis as it feeds like them, on insects and caterpillars in the miombo's canopy.  
     
Diet :   Insectivorous.  
     
Life history :   The nest is placed in a tree's fork, quite high. Laying usually takes place in the beginning of the rainy season but sometimes also in March-April. 
     
Distribution in Katanga :   view map  
 
 
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The vernacular names were collected in the field and in the colonial literature from the first part of the 20th century. The monks who established the first dictionaries were not necessarily informed naturalists. Therefore, errors must have been committed.

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