Lanius vittatus (*)
Lanius vittatus Valenciennes, 1826
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The Bay-backed Shrike, Lanius vittatus, is a member of the bird family Laniidae, the shrikes, resident in South Asia.
Sexes are similar, but young birds are washed-out versions of the adults.
Habits and habitat
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 and India, and has recently been recorded from Sri Lanka. It nests in bushes in scrubby areas and cultivation, laying 3-5 eggs.
1. ^ a b Compilers: Stuart Butchart, Jonathan Ekstrom (2008). "Bay-backed Shrike - BirdLife Species Factsheet". Evaluators: Jeremy Bird, Stuart Butchart BirdLife International . http://www.birdlife.org/datazone/species/index.html?action=SpcHTMDetails.asp&sid=5532&m=0. Retrieved June 2, 2009.
* BirdLife International (2009). Lanius vittatus. In: IUCN 2009. IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Downloaded on 02 June 2009. Database entry includes justification for why this species is of Least Concern
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