Family Shrikes (Laniidae)

Least Concern

Burmese Shrike (Lanius collurioides)


French: Pie-grièche à dos marron German: Burmawürger Spanish: Alcaudón birmano

Lanius collurioides


, 1832,

#R, Pegu, Myanmar


Separated geographically from L. vittatus by R Brahmaputra. Two subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution
  • L. c. collurioides Lesson, 1832 – Myanmar (S to C Tenasserim), S China (W & C Yunnan E to S Guizhou and SW Guangdong), NW Thailand, Laos, E Cambodia and N Vietnam; in winter also extreme NE India and SE Bangladesh, and S to S Thailand.
  • L. c. nigricapillus Delacour, 1926 – SC & S Vietnam (S from Da Lat Plateau).
  • Descriptive notes

    19–21 cm; one immature female 26 g. A medium-sized shrike with long slender tail. Male nominate race has black forehead and facial mask, slaty-grey crown and nape to... read more


    Song quiet, variable, starts hesitantly but becoming a musical series of rapid and scratchy rattles... read more


    Clearings and edges of secondary broadleaf forest and pine (Pinus) forest, scrubby open... read more

    Food and feeding

    Feeds primarily on insects, including especially Orthoptera; also lizards and other small terrestrial vertebrates. Found singly and in... read more


    Season Mar–Jun; laying mostly Apr–May in Myanmar, recorded in Jun in S China (possibly referring to second brood); probably two... read more


    Resident and migratory populations. Much overlap in breeding and non-breeding ranges, but in winter... read more

    Status and conservation

    Not globally threatened. Generally not uncommon; quantitative data on population levels lacking. Locally fairly common to common in Myanmar, Thailand, Cambodia, Laos and... read more

    Recommended citation

    Yosef, R. & International Shrike Working Group (2019). Burmese Shrike (Lanius collurioides). 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 on 13 December 2019).