Tiger Shrike

Scientific Name: Lanius tigrinus

Malay Name: Tirjup Harimau

Chinese Name: 虎纹伯劳

Range: Found from Eastern Russia, China, Japan to Korea, wintering to mainland Southeast Asia and Indonesia.

Taxonomy: Monotypic.

Size: 17-18.5 cm

Identification: Adult males (rare in Singapore) have white underparts, thick eyestripe, scaly chestnut lower back that contrasts strongly with slate-grey upper mantle, nape, and crown. Females like males but have scaly underparts and overall duller plumage. Immatures and juveniles are very scaly overall. Birds of all ages show a “clean”, unscaled and rufous tail.

Similar looking species: Brown Shrike, Long-tailed Shrike

Habitat: Well-wooded areas, secondary growth and forest edge.

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

Local Status: Common migrant

Conservation Status: Least Concern (BirdLife International 2016)

Location: Any patch of suitable wooded area.

Migrant bar chart (see more bar charts):

Tiger Shrike Lanius tigrinus
Estimated average number of individuals by week based on eBird data, Jul 2013 to Jun 2023
Peak week Oct 08-Oct 14
Early date 01 Aug 2022
Late date 17 May 2019
Peak fall migration, from Sep to Oct, mostly consists of first-winter birds. Some individuals are present throughout the winter, and many birds observed in spring are in adult plumage.


BirdLife International. (2016). Lanius tigrinus. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2016. https://dx.doi.org/10.2305/IUCN.UK.2016-3.RLTS.T22704995A93994458.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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