Lesser Grey Shrike (Lanius minor) - HBW 13, p. 785
Pie-grièche à poitrine rose
Taxonomy: Lanius minor
J. F. Gmelin, 1788, Italy, Spain, Russia = Italy.
Affiliations uncertain; nearest relative seems to be L. schach. Geographical variation insignificant and clinal, plumage coloration becoming paler and size larger from W to E; species sometimes treated as monotypic. Two subspecies currently recognized.
Subspecies and Distribution:
- minor J. F. Gmelin, 1788 - breeds NE Spain and S France, Italy (from Piemont E to Venezia, S patchily to Sicily), E Austria, Slovakia, Hungary and Balkans (S to N Greece and E to Black Sea), also S Lithuania, Belarus and SW Russia (E to Urals, S to Crimea and Caucasus), S to Turkey, N Syria, Lebanon and N Iraq; non-breeding S Africa.
- turanicus Fediushin, 1927 - breeds W Siberia (E of Ural Mts) E to Russian Altai and extreme NW China (NW Xinjiang), S to Azerbaijan and NW & N Iran, N Turkmenistan and NE Afghanistan); non-breeding S Africa.
- Least Concern Enlarge map
VideosSee all 31 videos
A lateral view of a bird perched and imitating a call Locality Petra, Lesbos Island, North Aegean Region, Greece (ssp minor)
Christian Dortu 2 May 2006 6 years ago 46 sec 4.8
Perched adult Locality Göksü Delta, Mersin Province, Turkey
forezbirder 3 May 2012 1 year ago 15 sec 4.5
An adult feeding its chicks. Locality Aiguamolls de l'Empordà Natural Park, Girona Province, Catalonia, Spain (Monotypic species)
Pedro Rubio 1994 11 years ago 10 sec 4.4
Side and rear views of an individual perched before it flies away Locality Zarafshan Hills, Samarqand Province, Uzbekistan (ssp turanicus)
Greg Baker 10 May 2008 2 years ago 23 sec 4.2
A bird imitating a call to attract its prey Locality Petra, Lesbos Island, North Aegean Region, Greece (ssp minor)
Christian Dortu 2 May 2006 6 years ago 38 sec 4.2
A bird calling from a bush. Locality Dubai Emirate, United Arab Emirates
Yoel Jimenez 19 January 2012 2 years ago 41 sec 4.1
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Looking at his meal
Locality Arakhiya Farm, Al Rayyan, Qatar
John A Thompson 26 April 2013 22 hours ago ADDED TODAY! 4.7
A pair perched on a wire, male displaying opning its tail
Locality Jandari Lake, Kvemo Kartli Region , Georgia (ssp minor )
Lars Petersson 5 May 2013 10 weeks ago 4.7
A side view of a summer plumaged adult
Locality Chorokhi Delta, Adjara Autonomous Republic, Georgia (ssp minor )
Lars Petersson 29 April 2013 10 weeks ago 4.6
An adult on a branch
Locality Cape Kaliakra, Dobrich Province, Bulgaria
Juan José Bazán Hiraldo 16 September 2011 2 years ago 4.4
Locality Ouessant (Ushant) island, Finistère, Bretagne, France
AurélienAudevard 21 October 2006 4 years ago 4.3
A bird perched.
Locality Qatar Arab Farm, Al Wakrah, Qatar
k.h.m 28 October 2011 1 year ago 4.3