The bokmakierie (Telophorus zeylonus) is a bushshrike. This family of passerine birds is closely related to the true shrikes in the family Laniidae, and was once included in that group. This species is endemic to southern Africa, mainly in South Africa and Namibia, with an isolated population in the mountains of eastern Zimbabwe and western Mozambique.

It is a species of open habitats, including karoo scrub, fynbos and parks and gardens in urban areas. The bulky cup nest is constructed in a hedge, scrub or tree fork. The 2-6, usually three, red-brown or lilac-blotched greenish-blue eggs are incubated by both sexes for about 16 days to hatching, with another 18 days to fledging.

The adult bokmakierie is a 22–23 cm long bird with olive-green upperparts and a conspicuous bright yellow tip to the black tail. The head is grey with a yellow supercilium, and the strong bill has a hooked upper mandible. The underparts are bright yellow with a broad black collar between the throat and breast, which continues up the neck sides through the eye to the bill. The legs and feet are blue-grey. The sexes are similar, but juveniles are a dull grey-green below, and lack the black gorget.

There are four subspecies, differing mainly in colour shade and size. Although the species as a whole is not threatened, the isolated dark subspecies restrictus in the Chimanimani Mountains numbers only about 400 birds.

The bokmakierie has a range of loud whistles and calls, often given in duet, but the most typical is the one that gives this species its name, bok-bok-mak-kik.

Unlike the true shrikes, which perch conspicuously in the open, the bokmakierie is shy and skulking. This bird has a typical shrike diet of insects, small lizards, snakes, small birds and frogs. It is preyed upon itself by snakes, mongooses, and large shrikes like the northern fiscal and southern boubou.



Bokmakierie
Date Location Count
2020-09-14 12:25Augrabies Falls NP10
2020-08-24 12:20Jacobs Bay1
2020-09-07 08:00Kuifkopvisvanger Farm
2020-09-19 07:54West Coast NP--Geelbek hides vicinity1
2020-09-20 08:09West Coast NP--Geelbek Salt Pans2
2020-09-19 07:12West Coast NP--West Coast Gate2
2020-09-20 11:37Darling Hills/Groote Post Road2
2020-09-05 10:33Tokai Forest--Orphan Rd1
2020-09-22 11:05Tygerberg Nature Reserve1
2020-09-19 06:35Tankwa Karoo NP4
2020-09-06 11:29Klein Cedarberg Private Nature Reserve2
2020-09-10 08:00Skitterykloof1
2020-09-13 08:33Vrolijkheid Nature Reserve2
2020-09-17 11:29Sandberg Fynbos Reserve2
2020-09-01 07:32De Hoop Nature Reserve2
2020-09-18 16:27Kloofendal Municipal Nature Reserve1
2020-09-20 07:25Rietvlei Nature Reserve1
2020-09-09 09:02Rietvlei Nature Reserve--Coffee Shop1
2020-09-09 10:43Rietvlei Nature Reserve--Fern Fountain2
2020-08-29 07:10Ezemvelo Nature Reserve1
2020-09-18 07:30Zuurbron farm1
2020-08-26 05:30Suikerboschfontein Hiking Trail1
2020-09-07 09:57Ncandu Nature Reserve--Lower Forest section1