Species of Thailand
Lanius vittatus, Achille Valenciennes, 1826
(In Thai: นกอีเสือหลังแดงตะโพกเทา)
The bay-backed shrike (Lanius vittatus) is a member of the bird family Laniidae, the shrikes, resident in South Asia.
It is smallish shrike at 17 cm, maroon-brown above with a pale rump and long black tail with white edges. The underparts are white, but with buff flanks.
The crown and nape are grey, with a typical shrike black bandit mask through the eye. There is a small white wing patch, and the bill and legs are dark grey.
Sexes are similar, but young birds are washed-out versions of the adults.
Habits and habitat
The bay-backed shrike has a characteristic upright "shrike" attitude perched on a bush, from which it sallies after lizards, large insects, small birds and rodents.
Prey may be impaled upon a sharp point, such as a thorn. Thus secured they can be ripped with the strong hooked bill, but its feet are not suited for tearing.
It is a widespread resident breeder in Afghanistan, Pakistan, Nepal and India, and has recently been recorded from Sri Lanka. It nests in bushes in scrubby areas and cultivation, laying 3-5 eggs.
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Category / Seasonal Status
Wiki listed status (concerning Thai population): Accidental
BCST Category: Recorded in an apparently wild state within the last 50 years
BCST Seasonal status: vagrant (non-breeding visitor with three or fewer records)
- Lanius vittatus
- Thai: นกอีเสือหลังแดงตะโพกเทา
Least Concern (IUCN3.1)
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