Wednesday, 27 February 2019

Brown Shrike (Lanius cristatus)

OTHER NAMES: N/A
Latin Etymology: Lanius ("to tear to pieces") cristatus ("crested")
Adult female Brown Shrike (subspecies L. c. cristatus) at Florican Grassland Reserve, Cambodia - February 2019

Local Name (Cambodia): ?
Featured Subspecies: Lanius cristatus cristatus
Weight: 27-37g/kg
Length: 17-20cm
Wingspan: 23cm
NO UK STATUS IUCN Red List: Least Concern

The Brown Shrike is the common shrike of East Asia, a bird that is fairly in keeping with the standard look of shrikes and unusually, a lot less colourful than the species found in Europe.  It's a migratory species, breeding in the North of the continent and moving to the south, where I saw it - one in each of Cambodia and Singapore.

Related Species:
Order: Passeriformes
Family: Laniidae
Genus: Lanius

SUBSPECIES: L. c. confusus, L. c. cristatus, L. c. lucionensis

 - Sighting Locations -
SINGAPORE - A reasonably common Winter migrant.
 - SINGAPORE/CAMBODIA 2019 TRIP: Single bird at Lower Pierce Reservoir.
CAMBODIA - A reasonably common Winter migrant.
- MALAYSIA/SINGAPORE 2016 TRIP: Single bird at Florican Grasslands

Further Notes: BirdForum Opus, IUCN Red List, RSPB, Wikipedia, Xeno-canto

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