Tiger Shrike

Scientific Name: Lanius tigrinus
Malay Name: Tirjup Harimau
Chinese Name: 虎纹伯劳

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


Size: 17-18.5 cm

IdentificationAdult 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

HabitatWell-wooded areas, secondary growth and forest edge.

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

Local Status: Uncommon migrant

Conservation Status: Least Concern (IUCN 3.1)

Location: Any patch of suitable wooded area.


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

Craig Robson (2011) A Field Guide to the Birds of South-East Asia
David Wells (2007) The Birds of Thai-Malay Peninsula, Volume 2