French: Pie-grièche à poitrine rose German: Schwarzstirnwürger Spanish: Alcaudón chico
J. F. Gmelin
Italy, Spain, Russia = Italy
Subspecies and Distribution
L. m. minor
J. F. Gmelin, 1788 – NE Spain and S France, Italy (from Piemont E to Venezia, S patchily to Sicily), E Austria, Slovakia, Hungary and Balkans (S to N Greece and E to Black Sea), also S Lithuania, Belarus and SW Russia (E to Urals, S to Crimea and Caucasus), S to Turkey, N Syria, Lebanon and N Iraq. Winters in S Africa.
L. m. turanicus
Fediushin, 1927 – W Siberia (E of Ural Mts) E to Russian Altai and extreme NW China (NW Xinjiang), S to Azerbaijan and NW & N Iran, N Turkmenistan and NE Afghanistan). Winters in S Africa.
19–23 cm; 41–61·6 g. A medium-sized shrike with long wings (long primary extension), relatively short, rounded tail, and stubby-looking bill. Male nominate... read more
Territorial calls are long series of “djejek-dschejek-dschijek…”, “kerrib-... read more
Open habitat with plenty of scattered or grouped trees, and fewer bushes; requires presence of... read more
Food and feeding
Almost exclusively insectivorous, but spiders (Araneae) also consumed; vertebrates such as small mammals or birds taken only very rarely.... read more
Laying May to early Jun (in C Europe, mean 17th-19th May), replacement clutches to early Jul; one brood. Monogamous; territorial, but... read more
Long-distance migrant, entire breeding population wintering in S Africa (within a range five times... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened (Least Concern). Locally common to rare. Maximum of 320,000 breeding pairs thought to occur in Europe, with strongholds in Russia and Turkey (each... read more
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