When I started studying the local birds prior to arriving here in South Africa, it just seemed like there were a lot of birds with very long tails. That is very exciting stuff, as that makes for some incredible photos. Unfortunately, most of that species all lose that long beautiful tail after the breeding season. There are a few exceptions to that, with the Green Wood Hoopoe, the Scimitarbird, and this bird, the Magpie Shrike. Residents of the open grassy areas, they alight on the top of small dead trees, stumps and open branches, in order to hunt from there for flying or crawling bugs.