Scientific Name: Lanius cristatus
Malay Name: Tirjup Biasa
Chinese Name: 红尾伯劳
Range: Found from Siberia, Northeast China, Northern Japan to Korea, wintering to the Indian Subcontinent, Southern China, Taiwan and Southeast Asia.
Taxonomy: Polytypic. Subspecies are: cristatus, confusus, lucionensis, superciliosus.
Local Subspecies: cristatus, confusus, lucionensis, superciliosus
Size: 19-20.5 cm
Identification: Individuals of subspecies confusus are brown overall, have chestnut-wash flanks, dark black eye-stripe and thin white supercilium. L. cristatus lucionensis shows a slate-grey supercilium and crown with a dark black eye-stripe. L. c. superciliosus shows a brownish-red nape and mantle, thicker and white supercilium and a very strongly contrasting black eyestripe. L. c. cristatus is very similar to confusus.
Habitat: Open and non-forest habitats like parks and grasslands.
Behaviour/Ecology: Feeds on insects, reptiles, small birds and rodents. Prefers more open habitats while Tiger Shrike prefers more wooded areas.
Local Status: Common migrant
Conservation Status: Least Concern (BirdLife International 2016)
Location: Any patch of suitable habitat.
Featured reports: Jul 2023
Migrant bar chart (see more bar charts):
Brown Shrike Lanius cristatus Estimated average number of individuals by week based on eBird data, Jul 2013 to Jun 2023
BirdLife International. (2016). Lanius cristatus. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2016. https://dx.doi.org/10.2305/IUCN.UK.2016-3.RLTS.T22705011A93995637.en. Accessed on 1 January 2023
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