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Alternative name: Rufous-backed Shrike

Photo © by the late Laurence Poh
Kanthan, Perak, Malaysia, 2000
Lanius schach


  • Grey head and mantle
  • Black mask
  • White underparts
  • Rufous flanks
  • Bill and legs are blackish


From north-eastern Iran over Pakistan, India, the Himalayas, Sri Lanka, Burma and Indochina to Malaysia, Indonesia and Papua New Guinea. Also in south and east China, Taiwan and the Philippines.

Subspecies L. s. erythronotus
Photo © by Alok Tewari
Gurgaon Rural, India, February-2017



Juvenile, subspecies L. s. erythronotus
Photo © by Alok Tewari
Keoladeo National Park, Bharatpur, India, December-2018

There are 9 subspecies[1]:

  • L. s. erythronotus:
  • L. s. longicaudatus:
  • L. s. nasutus:
  • L. s. suluensis:
  • Sulu Archipelago
  • L. s. stresemanni:


Scrubby bushland



Diet includes lizards, large insects, small birds and rodents.

Dark Morph (Dusky Shrike)
Photo © by Neil
Hong Kong, China, September 2006


  1. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, D. Roberson, T. A. Fredericks, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2016. The eBird/Clements checklist of birds of the world: v2016, with updates to August 2016. Downloaded from http://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/download/
  2. Wikipedia

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