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