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 9 videos
A bird perched on a post Locality Lake Ziway, Oromia Region, Ethiopia (ssp intercedens)
Keith Blomerley 7 April 2002 7 years ago 20 sec 4.4
Several views Locality Akagera National Park, East Province, Rwanda
Pascal Vagner 3 March 2013 2 years 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 8 years ago 35 sec 4
A bird calling. Locality Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (ssp intercedens)
Josep del Hoyo 23 November 2005 9 years ago 25 sec 4
A bird in tall grass Locality Nechisar National Park, Ethiopia (ssp intercedens)
Josep del Hoyo 17 December 2005 9 years ago 36 sec 3.9
Couple on a top of a bush Locality Amboseli National Park, Kenya
ANTHONY VILLAUME 31 March 2013 1 year ago 21 sec 3.9
PhotosSee all 19 photos
Grey-backed Fiscal eating on a branch
Locality Serengeti National Park, Serengeti, Tanzania (ssp boehmi)
Carlos M García 17 August 2015 12 weeks ago 4.8
Adult perched, dorsal view.
Locality Lake Naivasha, Kenya (ssp excubitorius)
Oliver Fowler 23 November 2013 48 weeks ago 4.7
Some of them in a tree
Locality Mburo Lake, Mburo Lake National Park, Uganda
Dr_M_Zieger 18 February 2015 36 weeks ago 4.6
Three birds singing together on a bush.
Locality Lake Naivasha, Kenya
Hanne and Jens Eriksen 3 years ago 4.5
A bird perching on a pole
Locality Mburo Lake National Park, Uganda
Tadeusz Stawarczyk 3 July 2013 2 years ago 4.3
Bird perched on a tree
Locality Maasai Mara National Reserve, Kenya
James Kashangaki 31 December 2013 1 year ago 3.9