Shrikes (Laniidae)

Grey-backed Shrike (Lanius tephronotus) - HBW 13, p. 782

French: Pie-grièche du Tibet German: Tibetwürger Spanish: Alcaudón Tibetano
Other common names: Tibetan Shrike

Taxonomy: Collurio tephronotus Vigors, 1831, Himalayas = near Darjeeling, India.
Closely allied with L. schach, and formerly treated as conspecific, but differs in morphology; more­over, the two species are largely sympatric and, although race lahulensis sometimes considered to represent a hybrid population between them, no definite proof of interbreeding. Two subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution:

  • lahulensis Koelz, 1950 - breeds N Kashmir E to CN India (Uttaranchal Pradesh), and probably SW China (W Xizang).
  • tephronotus (Vigors, 1831) - breeds Nepal E to NE India (Arunachal Pradesh), and C & S China (S Gansu, Ningxia and E Shaanxi S to SE Qinghai, S & E Xizang, SE Yunnan and C Guizhou); non-breeding also S to Bangladesh, Myanmar, Thailand and Indochina.