Red-shouldered Cuckooshrike Campephaga phoenicea
Male Red-shouldered Cuckoo-shrike, Shai Hills, Ghana, May 2011 - click for larger image

Ghana
May 2011

The Red-shouldered Cuckooshrike is distributed south of the Sahara and north of the Equator from Senegal to Eritrea. For a distribution map see Birdlife International. It is found in patches of forest, gallery forest, woodland and thickets in savanna where it feeds on caterpillars and other insects in the upper and mid-storeys.

Male Red-shouldered Cuckoo-shrike, Mole, Ghana, June 2011 - click for larger image The male is glossy blue-black with a large red shoulder patch which can sometimes be orange or yellow. The black bill has yellow or pinkish gape wattles which can be seen in photo 1. The female, seen here in photos 3 to 5, is greyish olive-brown above with darker scalloping. The wings are edged yellow and underparts are whitish with dark, crescent-shaped bars.

Female Red-shouldered Cuckoo-shrike, Shai Hills, Ghana, May 2011 - click for larger image The song is a jumble of high-pitched, scratchy notes.

Female Red-shouldered Cuckoo-shrike, Shai Hills, Ghana, May 2011 - click for larger image

Female Red-shouldered Cuckoo-shrike, Shai Hills, Ghana, May 2011 - click for larger image

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