Family Shrikes (Laniidae)

Least Concern

Tiger Shrike (Lanius tigrinus)


Taxonomy

French: Pie-grièche tigrine German: Tigerwürger Spanish: Alcaudón tigre
Taxonomy:

Lanius tigrinus

Drapiez

, 1828,

Java

.

Perhaps close to L. cristatus, with hybridization recorded in Russia and Japan. Monotypic.

Distribution:

Extreme SE Russia (Ussuriland), NE & E China (E from Shaanxi, Sichuan and Guizhou), Korea (except S coast) and Japan (Honshu, Sado, E Kyushu); non-breeding E Myanmar and SE China S to Peninsular Malaysia, Singapore, N Laos, C Vietnam and Greater Sundas (including Bali).

Descriptive notes

17–18·5 cm; male 27–29g, female 29–37 g. A relatively small shrike with rather short, graduated tail, strong and heavy bill with hooked tip. Adult... read more

Voice

Song described as a resonant and musical warble, but subdued at beginning of courtship. Call a loud... read more

Habitat

Breeds in temperate, deciduous and mixed lowland and hill forests with thick undercover and small... read more

Food and feeding

Almost exclusively insects, mostly Orthoptera and beetles (Coleoptera); rarely, small birds and other small vertebrates (frogs, lizards and... read more

Breeding

Season May–Jul, and laying starts Jun in Russia and Japan; single-brooded. Monogamous; territorial. Nest a compact, thick cup made of... read more

Movements

Migratory, although few remain in Japan. N limits of non-breeding range just S of S limits of... read more

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Few precise data on population size and trends; locally fairly common, but rare in some parts of range. Status in S Japan (on most parts of Kyushu,... read more

Recommended citation

Yosef, R., International Shrike Working Group & de Juana, E. (2017). Tiger Shrike (Lanius tigrinus). In: del Hoyo, J., Elliott, A., Sargatal, J., Christie, D.A. & de Juana, E. (eds.). Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive. Lynx Edicions, Barcelona. (retrieved from http://www.hbw.com/node/60468 on 20 October 2017).