A pair of Southern Boubous (Laniarius ferrugineus) are fairly regular visitors to our garden. I mostly see them singly, yet often hear them call to and answer each other in a melodious ringing duet. These shy birds are very difficult to photograph – not only because of their habit of skulking under the bushes but because we have so many branches, twigs and leaves that get in the way of having a good ‘photographic’ view of them. Strangely enough, the birds that live around the fringes of the rest camps in our national parks are more inclined to ‘expose’ themselves to visitors and are fairly tame.

This one approached us cautiously and eyed us from the safety of a nearby bush for some time before it ventured closer and perched on a dead branch.

Within about fifteen minutes it decided to come down to the ground to investigate the possibilities of any pickings from our picnic lunch.

Where it indeed found a crumb, having afforded me a fine opportunity to photograph it in good light.

15 thoughts on “SOUTHERN BOUBOU II

  1. It is a pretty little bird. I often wonder if habituation is good or bad. I’ve noticed how tame the wildlife becomes in these parks, particularly the picnic spots. I expect everyone goes there to see wildlife and would be respectful of them.


    • The habituation can become a problem when people feed the animals or birds to the point where their approach would be with an expectation of receiving food. These birds are ‘tame’ or habituated in the sense that they approach visitors more closely than they might as garden birds for there are no cats to catch them or dogs to chase them unexpectedly. They do not ‘beg’ for food but have come to realise there are bound to be crumbs or titbits dropped or brushed away after a picnic lunch. As mentioned, we were observed for a while before the Boubou ventured down.


  2. Our resident pair here are very shy, as you describe, but they are very vocal and I love hearing their duetting calls. They are such handsome birds and I have enjoyed seeing them less shy at campsites and picnic sites in nature parks.


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