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Tiger Shrike

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MalePhoto by jweeyhSingapore, April 2018
Photo by jweeyh
Singapore, April 2018
Lanius tigrinus


[edit] Identification

FemalePhoto by nhattanlaHanoi, Vietnam, March, 2017
Photo by nhattanla
Hanoi, Vietnam, March, 2017

17-19 cm

  • Thick black-tipped blue-black bill
  • Greyish-black legs
  • Reddish brown back, rump and shoulders with black bars creating a tiger-like pattern
  • Black mask
  • Grey crown and nape
  • Dull brown wings and tail
  • White underparts

Female: duller with white stripe above the eye and black barring on the flanks
Young birds have dark scale-like markings and lack the grey and black head markings

[edit] Distribution

Central and eastern China, Korea, Japan, far east Russia. It winters mainly in Malaysia and Indonesia.

[edit] Taxonomy

This is a monotypic species[1].

[edit] Habitat

Lowland forests and forest clearings and edges, cultivated land, rice fields, mangroves and gardens

[edit] Behaviour

JuvenilePhoto by the late Laurence Poh Papan forest nursery, September 2003
Photo by the late Laurence Poh
Papan forest nursery, September 2003

[edit] Diet

The diet includes grasshoppers, crickets, beetles, bugs, butterflies and moths. Other small animals including birds and lizards are also taken. It usually hunts from a perch at the forest edge.

[edit] Breeding

Both adults build the nest on a branch in a deciduous tree. The clutch consists of 3-6 eggs (usually 5) which the female incubates for 14-16 days. The young fledge around two weeks later, staying close to the nest for a further two weeks.

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[edit] References

  1. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, D. Roberson, T. A. Fredericks, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2017. The eBird/Clements checklist of birds of the world: v2017, with updates to August 2017. Downloaded from
  2. Wikipedia
  3. BF Member observations

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