French: Pie-grièche à longue queue German: Langschwanzwürger Spanish: Alcaudón colilargo
E. J. O. Hartert
S Somalia, S & SE Kenya (from E of L Victoria E to coast; occasional observations N of equator) and NE & S Tanzania (S to Kilosa and Dar es Salaam; outlying population Usanga Flats).
26–30 cm; male 70–80 g, female 69 g. A large and robust shrike with very long, graduated tail and strong, heavy bill. Male has forehead, crown, nape and upper... read more
Very noisy; main calls often in chorus, harsh chattering scolding notes and whistles. Notes... read more
Open dry habitats such as almost treeless savannas, in shrubby open woodland and cultivated patches... read more
Food and feeding
Insects, mainly beetles (Coleoptera) and Orthoptera; regularly also small vertebrates such as lizards, snakes and young birds; will... read more
Breeds May–Jun in Somalia, Jan–May, Aug–Oct and Dec in Kenya, and Jan and Jun in Tanzania. Despite close similarity to co... read more
Resident; wanderers sometimes appear slightly S of regular breeding range in Tanzania, suggesting... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. Generally common in relatively small range. This species’ habitat is probably not at any immediate risk, but survey recommended. Main threats... read more
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