Grey-backed Fiscal (Lanius excubitorius) - HBW 13, p. 788
French: Pie-grièche è dos gris
Spanish: Alcaudón Dorsigrís
Taxonomy: Lanius excubitorius Prévost and Des Murs, 1847, Abyssinia and Nubia = White Nile.
Forms a superspecies with L. cabanisi, and the two are sometimes united in subgenus Neolanius. Original description first used name "excubitoroides" but within the same publication authors altered this to "excubitorius", in the mistaken belief that "excubitoroides" was preoccupied; as all falls technically within the original description, the emendation stands. Three subspecies recognized.
Subspecies and Distribution:
- excubitorius Prévost & Des Murs, 1847 - Sahel zone of Mauritania and Mali, extreme NE Nigeria, N Cameroon, SW & SE Chad and N Central African Republic E to DRCongo, S (but not SW) Sudan and W Uganda.
- intercedens Neumann, 1905 - C Ethiopia (S & W from L Tana), probably also extreme SE Sudan, S to NE Uganda and W Kenya (W of Elgeyo Escarpment).
- boehmi Reichenow, 1902 - SC Uganda, extreme E DRCongo, E Rwanda, E Burundi, W Tanzania (L Victoria S patchily to L Malawi) and SW Kenya (E shores L Victoria).
- Least Concern Enlarge map
VideosSee all 8 videos
Several views Locality Akagera National Park, East Province, Rwanda
Pascal Vagner 3 March 2013 6 weeks ago 33 sec 4
A bird on top of a bush Locality Murchison Falls National Park, Uganda (ssp intercedens)
Josep del Hoyo 29 August 2006 6 years ago 35 sec 4
A bird perched on a post Locality Lake Ziway, Oromia Region, Ethiopia (ssp intercedens)
Keith Blomerley 7 April 2002 5 years ago 20 sec 3.9
A bird in tall grass Locality Nechisar National Park, Ethiopia (ssp intercedens)
Josep del Hoyo 17 December 2005 6 years ago 36 sec 3.9
Thtree birds on top of a tree Locality Murchison Falls National Park, Uganda (ssp intercedens)
Josep del Hoyo 29 August 2006 6 years ago 39 sec 3.5
A bird calling. Locality Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (ssp intercedens)
Josep del Hoyo 23 November 2005 7 years ago 25 sec 3.5
PhotosSee all 11 photos
Three birds singing together on a bush.
Locality Lake Naivasha, Kenya
Hanne and Jens Eriksen 40 weeks ago 4
An adult perching in Ishasha
Locality Queen Elizabeth National Park, Uganda
Marco Valentini 15 August 2009 2 years ago 3.6
No really singing
Locality Lake Langano (Wabe Shebelle) Hotel, Lake Langano, Oromia Region, Ethiopia
Guy Poisson 11 February 2010 2 years ago 3.5
A bird perched on a branch.
Locality Lake Nakuru National Park, Kenya
Ken Havard 14 February 2006 2 years ago 3.4
A pair displaying at the top of a tree.
Locality Gibe Gorge, SNNPR Region, Ethiopia (ssp intercedens)
David Beadle 5 February 2009 16 weeks ago 3.2
Locality Awash National Park, Ethiopia
raniero massoli-novelli 1 September 1999 2 years ago 2.9