French: Pie-grièche à dos gris German: Graumantelwürger Spanish: Alcaudón dorsigrís
Prévost and Des Murs, 1847,
Abyssinia and Nubia = White Nile.
Subspecies and Distribution
L. e. excubitoroides
Prévost & Des Murs, 1847 – Sahel zone of SE Mauritania and Mali, extreme NE Nigeria, N Cameroon, SW & SE Chad and N Central African Republic E to S Sudan, S (but not SW) South Sudan, W Uganda and WC Kenya (Rift Valley).
L. e. intercedens
Neumann, 1905 – C Ethiopia (S & W from L Tana), probably also extreme SE South Sudan, S to NE Uganda and W Kenya (W of Elgeyo Escarpment).
L. e. boehmi
Reichenow, 1902 – SC Uganda, extreme E DRCongo, E Rwanda, E Burundi, W Tanzania (L Victoria S patchily to L Malawi) and SW Kenya (E shores L Victoria).
25–26 cm (nominate); male 47–63·5 g, female 46·5–59 g (Kenya). A large, robust shrike with long, graduated tail. Male nominate race has black... read more
Appears to have about six different calls, consisting of harsh notes, noisy chattering, and rasping... read more
Thorn-scrub and open acacia (Acacia) savanna; common in bushy and wooded grassland and... read more
Food and feeding
Arthropods, mainly large insects such as Lepidoptera (Cossus caterpillars), Hymenoptera (ants of genus Dorylus) and... read more
Season linked with rains and associated abundance of prey (particularly insects), usually follows rains: Feb–Mar in Mauritania and... read more
Most populations probably resident. Regular local movements by some birds likely in W parts of... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. Fairly common to locally common; rare in W of range. Conservation status not properly assessed. In E range population probably stable, but surveys... read more
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