Shrikes (Laniidae)

Masked Shrike (Lanius nubicus) - HBW 13, p. 794

French: Pie-grièche masquée German: Maskenwürger Spanish: Alcaudón Núbico
Other common names: Nubian Shrike

Taxonomy: Lanius nubicus M. H. C. Lichtenstein, 1823, Nubia.
Affiliations uncertain, possibly related to some Palearctic brown shrikes and some African fiscal shrikes. Monotypic.

Distribution: Breeds from Balkan Peninsula and Asia Minor S to Levant, including Cyprus, also in N Iraq and W Iran (Zagros Mts); range limits uncertain, possibly includes S Turkmenistan and NW Afghanistan. Non-breeding in sub-Saharan Africa and SW Arabia.