French: Pie-grièche du Tibet German: Tibetwürger Spanish: Alcaudón tibetano
Himalayas = near Darjeeling, India
Subspecies and Distribution
L. t. lahulensis
Koelz, 1950 – N Kashmir E to CN India (Uttarakhand), and probably SW China (W Xizang).
L. t. tephronotus
(Vigors, 1831) – Nepal E to NE India (Arunachal Pradesh), and C & S China (S Gansu, Ningxia and E Shaanxi S to SE Qinghai, S & E Xizang, SE Yunnan and C Guizhou); non-breeding also S to N India, Bangladesh, Myanmar, Thailand and Indochina.
21–23 cm; 39–54 g. Rather small shrike with long tail. Nominate race has black lowermost forehead (just over base of bill) and facial mask through lores and eye... read more
Little known. Territorial call described as harsh “zzert-zzert…”, “tchert-... read more
Breeds at high elevations in forest clearings, plateau plains and mountain meadows dotted with... read more
Food and feeding
Mostly insects, such as crickets and grasshoppers (Orthoptera), beetles (Coleoptera) and caterpillars; small vertebrates, such as lizards,... read more
Season Jun–Jul in India, Apr–Jul/Aug (mainly May–Jun) in S China (Xizang), and late May–early Jul in the mountains... read more
Most individuals winter at lower altitudes within breeding range. NW race lahulensis... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. Not uncommon. Population trends not known, but apparently not at any immediate risk. High-elevation habitat considered more secure than lower-lying... read more
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