Family Shrikes (Laniidae)

Least Concern

Tiger Shrike (Lanius tigrinus)


French: Pie-grièche tigrine German: Tigerwürger Spanish: Alcaudón tigre

Lanius tigrinus


, 1828,



Perhaps close to L. cristatus, with hybridization recorded in Russia and Japan. Monotypic.


Extreme SE Russia (Ussuriland), NE & E China (E from Shaanxi, Sichuan and Guizhou), Korea (except S coast) and Japan (Honshu, Sado, E Kyushu); non-breeding E Myanmar and SE China S to Peninsular Malaysia, Singapore, N Laos, C Vietnam and Greater Sundas (including Bali).

Descriptive notes

17–18·5 cm; male 27–29g, female 29–37 g. A relatively small shrike with rather short, graduated tail, strong and heavy bill with hooked tip. Adult... read more


Song described as a resonant and musical warble, but subdued at beginning of courtship. Call a loud... read more


Breeds in temperate, deciduous and mixed lowland and hill forests with thick undercover and small... read more

Food and feeding

Almost exclusively insects, mostly Orthoptera and beetles (Coleoptera); rarely, small birds and other small vertebrates (frogs, lizards and... read more


Season May–Jul, and laying starts Jun in Russia and Japan; single-brooded. Monogamous; territorial. Nest a compact, thick cup made of... read more


Migratory, although few remain in Japan. N limits of non-breeding range just S of S limits of... read more

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Few precise data on population size and trends; locally fairly common, but rare in some parts of range. Status in S Japan (on most parts of Kyushu,... read more

Recommended citation

Yosef, R., International Shrike Working Group & de Juana, E. (2020). Tiger Shrike (Lanius tigrinus). 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 19 February 2020).