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Alternative names: Ashy Swallow-Shrike; Ashy Woodswallow Shrike
19cm (7Â½ in). A stocky, long-winged bird:
Sexes similar. Juveniles are darker and browner and have pale buffy spots above and mottling below. Their bill is dark.
Open and cultivated areas. Often seen near city edges perched on overhead electric supply cables. Occurs up to 2100m.
They huddle together early morning to keep warm.
An insectivorous species, obtaining most of its prey in flight. Forages singly, in pairs or small flocks.
Breeding season from March to July, earlier in Sri Lanka. The nest is a shallow cup made of rootlets and other fibrous material. It's placed up to 12m above the ground often in a palm tree, sometimes in tree holes. Lays 2-3 eggs.
Generally a resident species.
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