French: Pie-grièche bucéphale German: Büffelkopfwürger Spanish: Alcaudón bucéfalo
Temminck and Schlegel
Subspecies and Distribution
L. b. sicarius
Bangs & J. L. Peters, 1928 – S Gansu, in C China.
L. b. bucephalus
Temminck & Schlegel, 1845 – SE Russia (Ussuriland), NE China (S Heilongjiang S to Hebei and Shandong), Korea, S Sakhalin, S Kurils, Japan (including many smaller islands), Ryukyu Is, Daito Is and Ogasawara (Bonin) Is; non-breeding also E & SE China.
19–20 cm; male 35–46 g, female 34–52 g. A medium-sized shrike with relatively long tail. Male nominate race has rufous crown, black facial mask from lores... read more
Male song, from top of tree or utility pole, a repeated trilling “gyun-gyun-gyun”,... read more
Wide range of open habitats, e.g. farmland, suburban parks, gardens in villages, areas with... read more
Food and feeding
Invertebrates, especially beetles (Coleoptera); also small vertebrates; some seeds also taken. In study in C Japan (Shizuoka), 49 pellets... read more
In Japan, laying from Apr to Jul in N (Hokkaido) and, in C regions, from early Mar to late Jun in Mie and from late Feb to late Jul in... read more
Migratory, partially migratory and resident. Summer visitor in SE Russia, Sakhalin and NE China,... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened (Least Concern). Not uncommon in much of range; declining. Nominate race declining in Japan, where breedings pairs observed at less than half the... read more
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