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 33 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 7 years ago 46 sec 4.6
Perched adult Locality Göksü Delta, Mersin Province, Turkey
forezbirder 3 May 2012 2 years ago 15 sec 4.4
An adult looking around Locality Almaty Province, Kazakhstan (Monotypic species)
Eric Roualet 22 May 2012 3 years ago 25 sec 4.4
An adult feeding its chicks. Locality Aiguamolls de l'Empordà Natural Park, Girona Province, Catalonia, Spain (Monotypic species)
Pedro Rubio 1994 12 years ago 10 sec 4.4
A bird preparing its prey Locality Almaty Province, Kazakhstan (ssp minor)
Eric Roualet 22 May 2012 3 years ago 16 sec 4.2
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 3 years ago 23 sec 4.2
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A bird on the lookout for insects.
Locality Meladia Valley, Lesbos Island, North Aegean Region, Greece
Mattias Hofstede 11 May 2015 6 days ago ADDED LAST WEEK 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 1 year ago 4.7
Paul Cools 8 July 2014 39 weeks ago 4.7
Looking at his meal
Locality Arakhiya Farm, Al Rayyan, Qatar
John A Thompson 26 April 2013 1 year ago 4.6
A side view of a summer plumaged adult
Locality Chorokhi Delta, Adjara Autonomous Republic, Georgia (ssp minor)
Lars Petersson 29 April 2013 1 year ago 4.6
Locality Ouessant (Ushant) island, Finistère, Bretagne, France
AurélienAudevard 21 October 2006 5 years ago 4.5