Photo@Yan Van Danne
Rufous-crowned or Purple Roller has it is sometimes referred to is a very uncommon compared to other species of Rollers, with exception of Abyssinian Roller.It feed on big insect and it can be observed from one spot for some time as it scanned and goes for his prey and returning to the same location .
The bird is generally purple as the name suggest with violet tailed and a little spot on the wing shoulder.It is the biggest roller we have in East Africa, therefore identifying this bird should never be a problem at all.
It is very common in areas around Lake Baringo, Lake Bogoria, Kerio Valley, Kapedo, Samburu National reserve and Meru National Park.
Rosy-patched Bush Shrike is a beautiful bird!it is locally common in bushed grassland, bushland and scrub in arid and semi-arid plateau country up to altitude of about 1600 meter.Two races occur, apparently without intergrades: hilgerti in northern and eastern Kenya from Turkana, Ileret, Marsabit and Moyale to Baragoi, Isiolo and Athi .While the race Cathemagmena is in south Kenya in areas around Tsavo west and East National park.
While birding in those areas mentioned, this bird should be hard to see as they always like singing on top scrub bushes.They are never shy as such.
A few important resources about Kenya’s Important Bird Areas.
Also, from KenyaBirds, a listing table of the Important Bird Areas, Locations, Habitats, and threatened species.
Coming up soon, a Bird of the Week with a song I recorded while birding recently.