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Bull-headed Shrike
2008-10-18 12:11:56

The Bull-headed Shrike (Lanius bucephalus) is a passerine bird found in eastern Asia. It breeds in north-east China, Korea, Japan and far-eastern Russia. Northern birds migrate south for the winter with a few reaching southern China. The isolated race L. b. sicarius is found only in the mountains of Gansu Province in west-central China. Its habitat is farmland and woodland edges. It also can be...

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