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Grey Backed Shrike Pakistan?

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Old Tuesday 10th July 2018, 10:20   #1
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Grey Backed Shrike Pakistan?

Could this be a Grey backed Shrike - taken in Sindh early July?

The mask and lack of black on wings points to this species.

If so then it is a national first.
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Old Thursday 12th July 2018, 20:54   #3
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Looks good to me...
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Old Friday 13th July 2018, 05:07   #4
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Sorry for not commenting on this earlier but I was without my laptop for two days.

This is apparently an immature bird as the flight feathers are not that dark, let alone black. I wouldn't expect a first-year erythronotus Long-tailed to show such a broad mask or that much black on the lores. It would probably look more like this:

I remember reading something about Grey-backed retaining juvenile feathering longer than Long-tailed.

The bird in the images you've posted seems to have a clean grey back without the gingery plumage on the scapulars of Long-tailed, which can be seen clearly in both the above images. It would be nice to see another angle though.

The one thing I don't like is the location - it's more or less the opposite end of the country from where I'd expect one to turn up. According to HBW, the race lahulensis, which is sometimes regarded as an intergrade between Grey-backed and Long-tailed, occurs in N Kashmir, and I see no reason why it wouldn't occur north of Islamabad somewhere.
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