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Birds

Brown
Shrike

Least Concern

Decreasing

Brown Shrike

Lanius cristatus

The brown shrike is closely related to the red-backed shrike and isabelline shrike. Like most other shrikes, it has a distinctive black 'bandit-mask' through the eye. and is found mainly in open scrub habitats, where it perches on the tops of thorny bushes in search of prey. Several populations of this widespread species form distinctive subspecies which breed in temperate Asia and migrate to their winter quarters in tropical Asia. They are sometimes found as vagrants in Europe and North America.

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Regional Names
  • French:
    Pie-grièche brune
  • Gujarati:
    બદામી લટોરો
  • Kannada:
    ಕಂದು ಕಳಿಂಗ
  • Malayalam:
    തവിടൻ ഷ്രൈക്ക്
  • Marathi:
    तपकिरी खाटीक
  • Nepali:
    खैरो भद्राई
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Taxanomy

PASSERIFORMES
LANIIDAE
Lanius cristatus

Quick Facts
  • Like most other shrikes, it has a distinctive black 'bandit-mask' through the eye.
Brown Shrike

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