Olive Bush Shrike

Animal Name: Olive Bush Shrike
Scientific Name: Telophorus olivaceus

Habitat: In South Africa it can also be found in evergreen forest, dense woodand, thickets in valley bushveld and riverine forest

Distribution: Near-endemic to southern Africa, occurring in Zimbabwe’s eastern highlands bordering on Mozambique, as well as in southern Malawi. In South Africa it is fairly common, occupying the area from Limpopo Province, Mpumalanga and KwaZulu-Natal along the coast to the Eastern and Western Capes.

Diet: It mainly eats insects, doing most of its foraging in the tree canopy, gleaning insects from leaves and twigs, descending to lower levels at the forest’s edge. It also regularly joins mixed species foraging flocks.


The nest is built by both sexes, and consists of a flimsy, untidy saucer built of fine dry grass, leaf stems and dried flowers.
Egg-laying season is from about October-January, peaking during November.
It lays 1-2 eggs, which are incubated by both sexes for about 18 days.
The chicks are cared for both parents, leaving the nest after about 16-17 days.