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Photo © by Seyed Babak Mus
Khaiiz Mountains, Iran, February 2007

Alternative name: Turkestan Shrike

Lanius phoenicuroides



  • Sandy-grey upperparts
  • Buffish-white underparts
  • Long rufous tail

Similar Species

Juvenile Red-backed Shrike

Photo © by Askar Isabekov
Alma Ata, Kazakhstan


Found from Iran to Pakistan, southern Kazakhstan and extreme western China.


This is a monotypic species.
It has been included in Isabelline Shrike in the recent past, and with that in Red-backed Shrike earlier.


Desert oases, thorn forests, and other scrubby, shrub and woodlands. Also on farmland.



It hunts from a low, exposed perch from which it either glides and hovers to take its prey or drops directly onto it when the prey is below the perch.


Insects are caught in flight. The bird returns to its perch in order to eat or store its prey; it stores food on spikes (twigs, barbed wire, thorns) for later consumption. It impales small mammals before it consumes it and such prey is tackled by eating the head and limbs first.


A nest of dry grass stems lined with soft grass is build and placed in a tree or bush. The 4-8, usually 5-6, eggs are laid late May – late June and are incubated by the female for 15-16 days, while the male feeds her. Both parents feed juveniles, which fledge at 13-14 days.


  1. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, B.L. Sullivan, C. L. Wood, and D. Roberson. 2013. The eBird/Clements checklist of birds of the world: Version 6.8., with updates to August 2013. Downloaded from http://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/download/
  2. Wikipedia

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