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Chinese Grey Shrike

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Lanius sphenocercus
Chinese Grey ShrikePhoto by BIJYeyahu Nature Reserve, Beijing, China, February 2009
Chinese Grey Shrike
Photo by BIJ
Yeyahu Nature Reserve, Beijing, China, February 2009


[edit] Identification

  • Pale grey cap and upper back
  • Darker grey and white lower back and tail
  • White underparts
  • Black eye stripe

[edit] Distribution

Asia: found in Russia, Siberia, Mongolia, China, Tibet, North Korea and Taiwan.

[edit] Taxonomy

Tibetan Grey ShrikePhoto by James EatonShaanxi, North China, May 2010
Tibetan Grey Shrike
Photo by James Eaton
Shaanxi, North China, May 2010

There are two subspecies:

  • L. s. sphenocercus:
  • Mountains of eastern Russia (Amur region) to north-eastern and central China
  • L. s. giganteus:
  • Mountains of eastern Tibet; winters to south-eastern China; sometimes split as Tibetan Grey Shrike L. giganteus

[edit] Habitat

Wetlands, open fields and grassland, low scrub and tall grass margins of rice fields.

[edit] Behaviour

Photo by BIJYeyahu Nature Reserve, Beijing, China, November 2008
Photo by BIJ
Yeyahu Nature Reserve, Beijing, China, November 2008

[edit] Breeding

They build a large nest from twigs and grasses, placed in a tree. The clutch consists of 4-5 eggs which are incubated by the female for 16-17 days.

[edit] Diet

The diet includes small rodents and large insects.

[edit] References

  1. Clements, JF. 2009. The Clements Checklist of Birds of the World. 6th ed., with updates to December 2009. Ithaca: Cornell Univ. Press. ISBN 978-0801445019.
  2. Avibase
  3. Wikipedia
  4. BirdsKorea
  5. BF Member observations

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