Long-tailed Fiscal (Lanius cabanisi)

Appearance
The Long-tailed Fiscal is a medium-sized bird, 12" (31cm), with black crown, nape, wings and tail. The underparts and base of the wing primaries are white. They have a dark grey mantle. Black, hook-tipped bill. Only the female has a small rufous patch on each flank. It is the long, well rounded tail that is distinctive between this and other sociable shrikes.

Habits
The Long-tailed Fiscal is a gregarious bird, with groups gathering on the tops of bushes and low trees. Much excitement is evident, with constant tail waving from side-to-side.

Diet
The Long-tailed Fiscal eats large insects, including grasshoppers & beetles. They also take frogs, lizards, mice and occasionally fledgling birds. The like to feed in Acacia, impaling their victims on the thorns, often returning to complete their meal.

Resident
The Long-tailed Fiscal is resident in the south-west quarter of Kenya, from sea-level to 1,600m.

Extra Facts
The name 'Fiscal' comes "from their rapacity, which no revenue-officer could exceed".

Photographs
Photographed in Kenya's Nairobi National Park.

Categories & Keywords
Category:Animals
Subcategory:Birds
Subcategory Detail:
Keywords:bird, fiscal, kenya, long-tailed fiscal, shrike, wildlife

Long-tailed Fiscal ~ Grey Mantle

Long-tailed Fiscal, perched on side of a bush, showing its grey mantle.

Long-tailed Fiscal ~ Perched

Long-tailed Fiscal perched on a broken-off branch, showing its claws.

Long-tailed Fiscal ~ Acacia Thorns

Long-tailed Fiscal perched amongst the thorns of an Acacia tree.

Long-tailed Fiscal ~ Tail Raised

Long-tailed Fiscal perched on an Acacia bush, with tail raised.

Long-tailed Fiscal ~ Grasshopper

Long-tailed Fiscal with freshly-caught Grasshopper, on top of an Acacia bush.

Long-tailed Fiscal ~ Throwing Food

Long-tailed Fiscal, throwing a piece of Grasshopper into the air and catching it.

Long-tailed Fiscal ~ Chewing

Long-tailed Fiscal, chewing a piece of Grasshopper, breaking it into smaller pieces.

Long-tailed Fiscal ~ Claw Outstretched

Long-tailed Fiscal eating the body of a grasshopper.

Long-tailed Fiscal ~ Holding Grasshopper

Long-tailed Fiscal holding a Grasshopper with one claw and holding onto an Acacia bush with the other.

Long-tailed Fiscal ~ Showing Off

Long-tailed Fiscal, holding the inside of a Grasshopper in its bill.