Long-tailed Shrike

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.

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: 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.


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

BirdLife International. (2016). Lanius schach. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2016. Downloaded on 2 September 2021
Robson, C. (2008). A Field Guide to the Birds of South-East Asia. New Holland Publishers.
Wells, D. (1999). Birds of Thai-Malay Peninsula. Academic Press.