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Masked Shrike

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Photo © by lior kislev Ramot,Golan Highlands, Israel, March 2007
Photo © by lior kislev
Ramot,Golan Highlands, Israel, March 2007
Lanius nubicus


[edit] Identification

JuvenilePhoto © by maistNorth Jerusalem, Israel, November 2018
Photo © by maist
North Jerusalem, Israel, November 2018

17–18·5 cm (6¾-7¼ in)

  • Black upperparts, crown and long tail
  • Black wings with large white patches
  • White forehead spreader over eye
  • Broad black line through the eye
  • Orange flanks
  • White underparts

Female and young birds: the upperparts are dark grey rather than black, and the duller orange flanks.

[edit] Distribution

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

[edit] Taxonomy

This is a monotypic species[1].

[edit] Habitat

Open woodland and cultivated country with large scattered trees.

[edit] Behaviour

[edit] Breeding

The nest is built in a tree. The clutch contains 4-7 eggs. They may lay again, especially if the first attempt fails.

[edit] Diet

Their main diet consists of large insects, such as crickets. They will also eat some small birds, voles and lizards which are impaled 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. 2018. The eBird/Clements checklist of birds of the world: v2018. Downloaded from
  2. Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive (retrieved November 2018)

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