Family Shrikes (Laniidae)

Least Concern

Souza's Shrike (Lanius souzae)


French: Pie-grièche de Souza German: Miombowürger Spanish: Alcaudón de Souza

Lanius souzae


, 1878,

Caconda, Angola


Three subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution
  • L. s. souzae Bocage, 1878 – SE Gabon, S Congo, SW DRCongo and Angola (excluding W & S).
  • L. s. burigi Chapin, 1950 – E Rwanda and W Tanzania; probably Burundi.
  • L. s. tacitus Clancey, 1970 – SE Angola (Cuando Cubango) E to SE DRCongo (Katanga), Zambia, Malawi, W Mozambique, and S to NE Namibia and, rarely, N Botswana (R Chobe).
  • Descriptive notes

    17–18 cm; 21–30 g. Smallish shrike with barred upperparts and long slender tail. Male nominate race has black facial mask from bill base through eye to rear of... read more


    Quiet; various chattering and whistling sounds, rarely heard. Territorial call probably a muted... read more


    Woodland, mainly in areas where forest thins out, also edges of wooded gardens. In most of range... read more

    Food and feeding

    Few data. Recorded food arthropods, i.e. insects and large spiders (Araneae); possible that vertebrates occasionally taken. When hunting,... read more


    Season at least Sept in Angola, Sept–Nov in DRCongo and Zambia, and Sept–Dec (mainly Oct) in Malawi. Possible co-operative... read more


    Mainly resident, but information scarce. Possibly some local movements in dry season; records in S... read more

    Status and conservation

    Not globally threatened. Generally uncommon. Has large range, with estimated global extent of occurrence of 1,700,000 km², but within this it is sparsely distributed and... read more

    Recommended citation

    Yosef, R. & International Shrike Working Group (2019). Souza's Shrike (Lanius souzae). 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 8 December 2019).