Brown Shrike (Lanius cristatus) - HBW 13, p. 777
Other common names: Red-tailed Shrike; Japanese Shrike (superciliosus); Philippine Shrike (lucionensis)
cristatus Linnaeus, 1758, Bengal, India.
Thought to form a superspecies with L. collurio and L. isabellinus; has in the past been considered conspecific with one or both of those, but recent genetic analyses support treatment as separate species. Occasional hybridization with L. collurio recorded in C Asia. Geographical variation partially clinal; race confusus poorly differentiated, intergrades with nominate and perhaps better merged with it. Four subspecies currently recognized.
Subspecies and Distribution:
- cristatus Linnaeus, 1758 - breeds C & E Siberia S to N Mongolia, L Baikal area, N Sakhalin and W Kamchatka; non-breeding C & S India, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Myanmar (mainly coast) and Malay Peninsula.
- confusus Stegmann, 1929 - breeds E Mongolia, SE Russia (SE Transbaikalia E to Amurland and Ussuriland) and Manchuria; non-breeding S Malay Peninsula and Sumatra.
- superciliosus Latham, 1801 - breeds S Sakhalin I, S Kuril Is and N & C Japan (Hokkaido, N & C Honshu); non-breeding mainly coastal S China, Hainan, NE & E Indochina, Sumatra, Java and W Lesser Sundas.
- lucionensis Linnaeus, 1766 - breeds E China, Korea and S Japan (Kyushu); non-breeding mainly coastal SE China, Taiwan, Philippines, N Borneo and N Sulawesi.
- Least Concern Enlarge map
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A bird perched in a tree, flying to catch a prey and returning with it. Locality National Dong Hwa University, Shoufong, Hualien County, Taiwan (ssp lucionensis)
Josep del Hoyo 24 April 2011 4 years ago 21 sec 4.6
An adult on a bush. Locality Taichung City, Taiwan (ssp lucionensis)
kun chin chung 23 November 2011 4 years ago 54 sec 4.5
very pale brown shrike Locality Yilan County, Taiwan
Vicky Cheng 22 January 2011 5 years ago 1 min 2 sec 4.5
A male perched. Locality Mount Harriet National Park, South Andaman, Andaman Islands, Andaman and Nicobar (ssp cristatus)
Josep del Hoyo 15 December 2009 6 years ago 47 sec 4.5
Side and front views of a perched first winter Locality Sigiriya, Central Province, Sri Lanka (ssp cristatus)
Greg Baker 26 January 2014 2 years ago 17 sec 4.3
Adult bird perched on a branch looking around whilst tail pumping, lateral views. Locality Happy Island, Hebei, China (Northern)
Mark Andrews 15 May 2012 3 years ago 42 sec 4.3
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The Brown shrike found at Halisahar, (near Naihati, North 24 pgs, West Bengal) sat on a wire.The bird is a small but beautiful
Locality Naihati, North 24 Parganas District, West Bengal, India
Biplab Kr. Mukhopadhyay 4 January 2014 46 weeks ago 4.7
Locality Bang Poo, Central Thailand, Thailand
p.supat 23 December 2011 4 years ago 4.7
Brown Shrike's kid
Locality Sakha (Yakutia) Republic, Eastern Russia, Russia
Alexdersu 1 July 2007 4 years ago 4.6
Female in bush.
Locality Sichuan, China (Northern) (ssp lucionensis)
Phillip Edwards 17 May 2015 32 weeks ago 4.5
Adult among branches
Locality Yala (Ruhunu) National Park , Sri Lanka
Marco Valentini 8 January 2014 2 years ago 4.5
Side view of bird perched
Locality Taipei City, Taiwan
Dave Irving 21 October 2012 1 year ago 4.4