Family Shrikes (Laniidae)

Least Concern

Giant Grey Shrike (Lanius giganteus)


French: Pie-grièche géante German: Sichuanwürger Spanish: Alcaudón gigante
Other common names: Tibetan Shrike

Lanius giganteus


, 1887,

Hwang Ho and Kokonor


Until recently considered conspecific with L. sphenocercus, but genetically distinct#R and differs in larger size (“wing significantly longer” in HBW; allow 2); much darker grey upperparts (2); no white supercilium (2); no white flash on secondaries (2); high-elevation habitat (breeding 3000–5200 m vs 200–1100 m in HBW) (1). Monotypic.

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C China (C & E Qinghai, SW Gansu, E Xizang, N & W Sichuan).

Descriptive notes

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Recommended citation

del Hoyo, J. & Collar, N. (2017). Giant Grey Shrike (Lanius giganteus). 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 18 December 2017).