Laniidae – Shrikes

Grey-backed Shrike (Lanius tephronotus) by Nikhil

Grey-backed Shrike (Lanius tephronotus) by Nikhil

For every kind of beast and bird, of reptile and creature of the sea, is tamed and has been tamed by mankind. (James 3:7 NKJV)

CLASS – AVES, Order – PASSERIFORMES, Family – Laniidae – Shrikes

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Species (34)

Yellow-billed Shrike (Corvinella corvina) ©WikiC
Magpie Shrike (Urolestes melanoleucus) ©WikiC – By Lee at LPZoo – *LLABS*
Northern White-crowned Shrike (Eurocephalus ruppelli) by Bob-Nan
Southern White-crowned Shrike (Eurocephalus anguitimens) ©WikiC
Tiger Shrike (Lanius tigrinus) by Ian – Article
Souza’s Shrike (Lanius souzae) IBC
Bull-headed Shrike (Lanius bucephalus) ©WikiC
Brown Shrike (Lanius cristatus) by Ian
____ (Lanius cristatus cristatus) by BirdPhotos
____ (Lanius cristatus confusus) by BirdPhotos
Red-backed Shrike (Lanius collurio) ©WikiC
Isabelline Shrike (Lanius isabellinus) by Nikhil Devasar
Red-tailed Shrike (Lanius phoenicuroides) by BirdPhotos
Burmese Shrike (Lanius collurioides) OBI
____ (Lanius collurioides collurioides) by BirdPhotos
Emin’s Shrike (Lanius gubernator) IBC
Bay-backed Shrike (Lanius vittatus) by Nikhil Devasar
Long-tailed Shrike (Lanius schach)by W Kwong
Grey-backed Shrike (Lanius tephronotus) by Nikhil Devasar
Mountain Shrike (Lanius validirostris) OBI
Mackinnon’s Shrike (Lanius mackinnoni) ©Drawing WikiC
Lesser Grey Shrike (Lanius minor) by BirdPhotos
Loggerhead Shrike (Lanius ludovicianus) by Daves BirdingPix – *LLABS*
____ (Lanius ludovicianus miamensis) by BirdPhotos
Northern Shrike (Lanius borealis)
Great Grey Shrike (Lanius excubitor) ©WikiC
Southern Grey Shrike (Lanius meridionalis) ©WikiC
Steppe Grey Shrike (Lanius pallidirostris) by BirdPhotos
Chinese Grey Shrike (Lanius sphenocercus) OBI
Grey-backed Fiscal (Lanius excubitoroides) by Nikhil Devasar
Long-tailed Fiscal (Lanius cabanisi)  ©USFWS
Taita Fiscal (Lanius dorsalis) by BirdPhotos
Somali Fiscal (Lanius somalicus) IBC
Northern Fiscal (Lanius humeralis) IBC
Southern Fiscal (Lanius collaris) by Africaddict
____ (Lanius collaris collaris) by BirdPhotos
Sao Tome Fiscal (Lanius newtoni) ARKive
Woodchat Shrike (Lanius senator) by Ian
____ (Lanius senator niloticus) by BirdPhotos
Masked Shrike (Lanius nubicus) ©WikiC – Photo by BirdPhotos

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Nikhil Devasar’s Gallery-II
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Shrikes are passerine birds of the family Laniidae. The family is composed of thirty-one species in three genera. The family name, and that of the largest genus, Lanius, is derived from the Latin word for “butcher”, and some shrikes were also known as “butcher birds” because of their feeding habits. Note that the Australasian butcherbirds are not shrikes.

Most shrike species have a Eurasian and African distribution, with just two breeding in North America (the Loggerhead and Great Grey shrikes). There are no members of this family in South America or Australia, although one species reaches New Guinea. The shrikes vary in the extent of their ranges, with some species like the Great Grey Shrike ranging across the northern hemisphere to the Newton’s Fiscal which is restricted to the island of São Tomé.

They inhabit open habitats, especially steppe and savannah. A few species of shrike are forest dwellers, seldom occurring in open habitats. Some species breed in northern latitudes during the summer, then migrate to warmer climes for the winter.

Shrikes are known for their habit of catching insects and small vertebrates and impaling their bodies on thorns. This helps them to tear the flesh into smaller, more conveniently-sized fragments, and serves as a cache so that the shrike can return to the uneaten portions at a later time. This same behavior of impaling insects serves as an adaptation to eating the toxic lubber grasshopper (Romalea guttata). The bird waits for 1–2 days for the toxins within the grasshopper to degrade, and then can eat it. (Wikipedia)

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