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


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.


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


This is a monotypic species[1].


Open woodland and cultivated country with large scattered trees.



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


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".


  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 http://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/download/
  2. Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive (retrieved November 2018)

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