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Bay-backed Shrike

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Photo by dineshagg Bharatpur, India, December 2005
Photo by dineshagg
Bharatpur, India, December 2005
Lanius vittatus


[edit] Identification

JuvenilePhoto by Shantilal VaruKutch, Gujarat, India, October 2011
Photo by Shantilal Varu
Kutch, Gujarat, India, October 2011

17–19 cm (6¾-7½)

  • Chestnut-brown above
  • Grey crown and nape
  • Small white wing patch
  • Black mask through the eye
  • Pale rump
  • White underparts
  • Buff flanks
  • Long, white-edged black tail
  • Dark grey bill and legs

Sexes similar
Juveniles paler versions of adults

[edit] Distribution

Afghanistan, Pakistan and India, and has recently been recorded from Sri Lanka(Citation needed).

[edit] Taxonomy

[edit] Subspecies

Photo by Jugal TiwariKutch, Gujarat, India, February 2007
Photo by Jugal Tiwari
Kutch, Gujarat, India, February 2007

This is a polytypic species, consisting of two subspecies[1]:

  • L. v. vittatus:
  • Pakistan (Indus Plains) to western Bengal and southern India (except for south-west)
  • L. v. nargianus:

[edit] Habitat

Scrubby areas, open bushland, thorn forests and cultivation.

[edit] Behaviour

[edit] Diet

The diet includes lizards, large insects, small birds and rodents.

[edit] Breeding

Three to five eggs are laid.

[edit] References

  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
  2. Wikipedia

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