Species Details

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Grey‑backed Shrike Did you see this animal?

Scientific Name : Lanius tephronotus
Family : Laniidae
Order : Passeriformes
Class : Aves
Phylum : Chordata
Habitat : Bushes
Description : The grey-backed shrike is a medium-sized bird, measuring around 20 centimeters in length. Its back and wings are a greyish-brown color, while its head and underparts are white. It has a distinctive black mask around its eyes, which gives it a slightly fierce appearance.
This bird is a predator, feeding on a variety of small animals, including insects, small mammals, and other birds. It is known for impaling its prey on thorns or barbed wire fences, which helps it to hold onto its food while it tears it apart with its strong beak.
The grey-backed shrike is generally found in open woodland habitats, such as forest edges and clearings. It is a migratory bird, spending the winter months in southern China and Southeast Asia. Overall, it is a fascinating bird with unique predatory behaviors and an important part of the ecosystems it inhabits.
Distribution in Bangladesh
description written by:Hajbun Tasnim Preety,Department of Zoology, University of Dhaka;information source: Encyclopedia of Flora and Fauna of Bangladesh, Vol-26, iucnredlist.org;Photo credit and copyright:MSH Sourav (TU Dresden, Germany);taxonomic checklist:P. M. Thompson and S. U. Chowdhury (2020). A checklist of birds of Bangladesh.Birds Bangladesh;bird song owner:Viral joshi(www.xeno-canto.org/Viral joshi), bird sound copyright reserved according to www.xeno-canto.org rules; more information, please contact us.