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
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
Habitat: Well-wooded areas, secondary growth and forest edge.
Behaviour/Ecology: Feeds on insects, lizards, small birds and rodents.
Local Status: Uncommon migrant
Conservation Status: Least Concern (BirdLife International 2016)
Location: Any patch of suitable wooded area.
BirdLife International. (2016). Lanius tigrinus. 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.