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.