Family Shrikes (Laniidae)

Least Concern

Emin's Shrike (Lanius gubernator)


French: Pie-grièche à dos roux German: Rostbürzelwürger Spanish: Alcaudón de Emin

Lanius gubernator


, 1882,

Central Africa = Langomeri, Uganda




N Ivory Coast E discontinuously to S South Sudan, NE DRCongo and N Uganda.

Descriptive notes

14–16 cm; 23·5 g. The smallest Lanius shrike. Male has black facial mask extending narrowly over base of bill, bordered above by thin whitish... read more


Song consists of a short and rapid series of a few simple varied whistles, e.g. “tweet-u-wee-u-weet... read more


Little studied. Grassland savanna with bushes, grass-covered open woodland and forest clearings;... read more

Food and feeding

Insectivorous. Stomach contents included beetles (Coleoptera), mantises (Mantodea) and small Orthoptera. Solitary or in small groups of 4... read more


Starts in Mar–Apr (at beginning of rains) in DRCongo, where juveniles seen in Jul; possible breeding also Mar–Apr in Sudan;... read more


Little known. Apparently resident, with no evidence of regular movements. A few observations,... read more

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Little information available. Generally uncommon to rare; global population estimated at fewer than 70,000. Range not small, estimated 130,000 km... read more

Recommended citation

Yosef, R. & International Shrike Working Group (2020). Emin's Shrike (Lanius gubernator). 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 29 January 2020).