Brown Shrike

The Brown Shrike (Lanius cristatus) is a small passerine bird found in central and eastern Asia. It is migratory, wintering south to India, southeast Asia and Indonesia. Its habitat is taiga, deciduous forest and semi-desert. In winter it may be found close to human habitation in secondary forests.

This bird is small. Like its relatives, it has a long tail and perches upright. The adult male has dark brown upperparts and crown. The face is white with a black “bandit-mask” through the eye. The underparts are yellowish-buff. Females are less contrasted and have a grayer crown. Juveniles are scalloped on the underparts. The call is a harsh chatter given usually in the early morning.

The food is mainly insects and small birds and mammals, caught from a prominent perch. This is a typical shrike hunting technique. It builds its nest in a tree or bush, laying 2-6 eggs.

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