Brown Shrike

Scientific Name: Lanius cristatus
Malay Name: Tirjup Biasa
Chinese Name: 红尾伯劳

Found from Siberia, Northeast China, Northern Japan to Korea, wintering to the Indian Subcontinent, Southern China, Taiwan and Southeast Asia.

Polytypic. Subspecies are: cristatus, confusus, lucionensis, superciliosus

Local Subspeciescristatusconfususlucionensissuperciliosus

Size: 19-20.5 cm

IdentificationIndividuals 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.

Similar looking species: Tiger Shrike

Habitat: Open and non-forest habitats like parks and grasslands.

Behaviour/EcologyFeeds on insects, reptiles, small birds and rodents. Prefers more open habitats while Tiger Shrike prefers more wooded areas.

Local Status: Uncommon migrant

Conservation Status: Least Concern (IUCN 3.1)

LocationAny patch of suitable habitat. 


External Links:
Conservation Status: IUCN Red List Page
Photos: Oriental Bird Images
Sound Recordings: xeno-canto Link
Wikipedia Entry: Wikipedia Link

Craig Robson (2011) A Field Guide to the Birds of South-East Asia.
David Wells (2007) The Birds of Thai-Malay Peninsula, Volume 2