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Masked Shrike

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Photo by lior kislev Ramot,Golan Highlands, Israel
Photo by lior kislev
Ramot,Golan Highlands, Israel
Lanius nubicus


[edit] Identification

17-18cm. Upperparts, crown, long tail and wings are black, with large white patches on the wings, white face is white with a broad black line running back from the eye. The rest of the underparts are white with orange flanks.

In the female and young birds the upperparts are dark grey rather than black, and the orange flanks are less bright and reduced in extent.

[edit] Distribution

From Greece to Turkey, Cyprus, Israel, Syria to SW Iran. Winters in Arabia and Central Africa.

[edit] Taxonomy

This is a monotypic species[1].

[edit] Habitat

Open woodland and cultivated country.

[edit] Behaviour

The nest is built in a tree and 4-7 eggs are laid.

Diet includes large insects, small birds, voles and lizards which it impales on thorns or barbed wire as a "larder".

[edit] References

  1. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, D. Roberson, T. A. Fredericks, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2014. The eBird/Clements checklist of birds of the world: Version 6.9., with updates to August 2014. Downloaded from
  2. Wikipedia

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