Brown-crowned Tchagra (Tchagra australis)

The Brown-crowned Tchagra is a small, 7.5" (19cm) bush-shrike, with a grey-brown mantle. Distinctive rufous wings, with black inner wing feathers that are bordered with off-white. It's crown is streaked brown, with indistinct black edges. Its face is brownish-white, with a Shrike's black eye-stripe Its underparts are off-white. A grey tail is faintly barred on top. Brown eyes and black predator-like bill. Not to be confused with the Black-crowned Tchagra, which has a jet-black crown and is found in the same habitat.

Brown-crowned Tchagras are very shy birds, skulking in dense undergrowth.

Brown-crowned Tchagras eat insects and other invertabrates, both on the ground and taken from foliage.

Brown-crowned Tchagras are common residents of dense undergrowth in areas beneath 2,000m in the west and south-west of Kenya, all along the coastline.

Extra Brown-crowned Tchagra Facts
The Brown-crowned Tchagra's call is a rapid & repetative "tew-tew-tew-tew", often coming from bush-tops.

Photographed in Kenya's Olare Orok Conservancy.

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Brown-crowned Tchagra

A young Brown-crowned Tchagra, seen in the undergrowth of a Kenya Conservancy.