French: Pie-grièche masquée German: Maskenwürger Spanish: Alcaudón núbico
M. H. C. Lichtenstein
S Balkan Peninsula and Asia Minor S to Levant, including Cyprus, also in N Iraq and W Iran (Zagros Mts); range limits uncertain, perhaps includes S Turkmenistan and NW Afghanistan. Winters in sub-Saharan Africa and SW Arabia.
17–18·5 cm; 14·5–30 g (usually c. 20–23 g). Distinctive smallish, rather slim shrike with small bill and proportionately very long and narrow... read more
Similar to that of congeners. Calls include short repeated harsh “tsr” or “tzr... read more
Favours natural open woodland with bushes and glades, and fond of big isolated trees. Nests in... read more
Food and feeding
Main prey insects; other arthropods and small vertebrates also taken. Among insects, it prefers Orthoptera species, including crickets (... read more
Laying early Apr to mid-Jun, with peak in most areas during first half May, replacement clutches Jun–Jul; starts c. 1 month later in... read more
Migratory. Most spend non-breeding season in sub-Saharan Africa (particularly in NE part of... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. Uncommon and local. provisionally evaluated as declining in Europe, but to large extent insufficiently known. Densities of up to 6 pairs/1·9... read more
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