Order Passeriformes

Family Laniidae

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  • Small to rather large, slender-bodied, short-necked passerines with rounded wings, longish tail, bill with tomial tooth, prominent rictal bristles; plumage generally sombre.
  • North America, Europe, Asia and Africa.
  • Grassland, open country, bushy areas, fallow fields, one species in forest.
  • 14-50 cm.
  • 4 genera, 33 species, 97 taxa.
  • 2 species threatened;
    none extinct since 1600.

Recommended citation

Yosef, R. & Bonan, A. (2019). Shrikes (Laniidae). 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 https://www.hbw.com/node/52356 on 9 December 2019).