These Bush-Shrikes are loud and colourful. They are common breeding residents in South Africa. Bokmakieries sing duets and advertise territory by frequent calling from exposed perches. They fly with rapid wing-beats with tails spread, foraging low in undergrowth or on the ground. These birds eat insects, small lizards and snakes and like some other Bush-Shrikes, Bokmakieries eat limited amounts of seeds and fruit.