Long-tailed Shrike

Scientific Name: Lanius schach

Malay Name: Tirjup Ekor Panjang Asia

Chinese Name: 棕背伯劳

Range: Found from Central Asia, Western and Northeastern Indian subcontinent, Southern and Eastern China, Taiwan to Southeast Asia.

Taxonomy: Polytypic. Subspecies are: erythronotus, caniceps, tricolor, schach, longicaudatus, bentet, nasutus, suluensis, stresemanni.

Local Subspecies: bentet

Size: 25-28 cm

Identification: Adults show variable amount of rich rufous on flanks and vent, have a thick black eyestripe, no supercilium (differentiating them from Brown Shrike), white throat, slaty grey crown and mantle and black bill, wings and tail. Juveniles are duller.

Similar looking species: Tiger Shrike, Brown Shrike

Habitat: Parks, grasslands and other open habitats with posts and fence-lines as look-out perches.

Behaviour/Ecology: Feeds on insects, lizards, small birds and mammals.

Local Status: Common resident

Conservation Status: Least Concern (BirdLife International 2016)

Location: Suitable habitats like Lorong Halus, Punggol Barat, Neo Tiew Lane 2, Tuas South, Tanah Merah and Changi Business Park.

Featured articles:


BirdLife International. (2016). Lanius schach. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2016. https://dx.doi.org/10.2305/IUCN.UK.2016-3.RLTS.T22705029A93997036.en. Accessed on 1 January 2023

Robson, C. (2014). Field guide to the birds of South-East Asia (Second Edition). Bloomsbury Publishing, London.

Wells, D. R. (1999). The Birds of the Thai-Malay Peninsula (Vol. 1). Academic Press, London.

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