Shrikes (Laniidae)

Grey-backed Fiscal (Lanius excubitorius) - HBW 13, p. 788

French: Pie-grièche è dos gris German: Graumantelwürger 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).