Scientific Name: Lanius schach
Malay Name: Tirjup Ekor Panjang Asia
Chinese Name: 棕背伯劳
Found from Central Asia, Western and Northeastern Indian subcontinent, Southern and Eastern China, Taiwan to Southeast Asia.
Polytypic. Subspecies are: erythronotus, caniceps, tricolor, schach, longicaudatus, bentet, nasutus, suluensis, stresemanni.
Local Subspecies: bentet
Size: 25-28 cm
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.
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: Uncommon 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.
BirdLife International. (2016). Lanius schach. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2016. Downloaded on 2 September 2021
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.