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Tiger Shrike - BirdForum Opus

Photo by jweeyh
Singapore, April 2018
Lanius tigrinus


Photo by nhattanla
Hanoi, Vietnam, March, 2017

17-19 cm

  • Thick black-tipped blue-black bill
  • Greyish-black legs
  • Reddish brown back, rump and shoulders with black bars creating a tiger-like pattern
  • Black mask
  • Grey crown and nape
  • Dull brown wings and tail
  • White underparts

Female: duller with white stripe above the eye and black barring on the flanks
Young birds have dark scale-like markings and lack the grey and black head markings


Central and eastern China, Korea, Japan, far east Russia. It winters mainly in Malaysia and Indonesia.


This is a monotypic species[1].


Lowland forests and forest clearings and edges, cultivated land, rice fields, mangroves and gardens


Photo by the late Laurence Poh
Papan forest nursery, September 2003


The diet includes grasshoppers, crickets, beetles, bugs, butterflies and moths. Other small animals including birds and lizards are also taken. It usually hunts from a perch at the forest edge.


Both adults build the nest on a branch in a deciduous tree. The clutch consists of 3-6 eggs (usually 5) which the female incubates for 14-16 days. The young fledge around two weeks later, staying close to the nest for a further two weeks.


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  1. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, D. Roberson, T. A. Fredericks, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2017. The eBird/Clements checklist of birds of the world: v2017, with updates to August 2017. Downloaded from http://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/download/
  2. Wikipedia
  3. BF Member observations

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