Brubru (Nilaus afer)

The Brubru is a small bird, 5" (13cm). The male is black on top, with broad white stripes above the eyes and long white stripes on his wings and back. His underparts are white, with chestnut coloured sides and flanks. The females looks similar to the male, but has grey-brown instead of black upperparts. Her neck also has some dark bars. Both sexes have brown eyes.

Brubru pairs are most often seen in tree canopies, sometimes lower down.

The Brubru eats insects, taken from foliage. Rarely, also seen on the ground.

Brubru are seen all over Kenya, in open woodland, savanna and bushland below 2,500m. Absent from the coastal regions.

Extra Facts
Brubru are quite shy birds, but can be seen in the company of other birds. Their call is like a metalic purr "cuuuurrrrrr" that is not loud, but carries a long way.

Photographed in Kenya's Olare Orok Conservancy.

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Brubru male, perched amongst tree branches.