Birds of Iran

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Shrikes

Lesser Grey Shrike (Lanius minor) in Iran

Lesser Grey Shrike (Lanius minor) in Iran

It is a scarce vagrant to western Europe, including Great Britain, usually as a spring overshoot.

 

Distribution

Through out northern and eastern mountain system in Iran. prefers uplands compared to Great gray shrike.

 

 

Habitat

It is not similar in appearance to the Great Grey Shrike Lanius excubitor. It breeds in uplands close to dry flats, like Lar Valley in North Iran.

 

Behaviour

This medium-sized migratory passerine eats large insects, small birds and rodents. Like other shrikes it hunts from prominent perches, and impales corpses on thorns or barbed wire as a "larder".

 

Last Updated ( Wednesday, 18 August 2010 14:33 )

 

Great Grey Shrike in Iran

Great Grey Shrike in Iran

Great Grey Shrikes (Lanius excubitor) usually sit conspicuously on the tops of bushes or posts, scanning for prey such as rodents and small birds as seen in this accompanying photo. This one is the L.pallidirostris sub specie in extreme eastern Iran. Notice the black mask that fades way before reaching the forehead.

Great Grey shrikes are white underneath, pearl grey above with mostly black wings and a mostly black tail. Once again, they have a striking black mask through the eye, although this does not reach round onto the forehead as in Lesser Grey Shrike. Notice how the wing tips don't even reach the back part of the tail.

Last Updated ( Tuesday, 14 April 2009 16:56 )

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