Brown Shrike

Lanius cristatus

Order

PASSERIFORMES

Family

Shrikes (Laniidae)

Code 4

BROS

Code 6

LANCRI

ITIS

ILLUSTRATION

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PHOTOS

CONSERVATION STATUS

Least Concern

The Brown Shrike has a large breeding range of 8,280,000 square kilometers. This includes a variety of open and edge habitats in eastern Russia, Mongolia, Japan, and eastern China. It winters in similar open and edge habitats in eastern and southern Asia, and has occurred as a vagrant to western North America. Although the population of this brd species has not been estimated and is believed to be in decline in some areas, it is still believed to be large and stable enough to warrant a conservation rating of Least Concern.

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SUMMARY

Overview

Brown Shrike: Small shrike, with warm brown upperparts and buff underparts. Face is white with black mask; throat is white. Bill is short, heavy, and hooked. Tail is long and round-tipped with faint bars. Eats small snakes, rodents, birds and insect. Low, swift flight on shallow, rapid wing beats.

 

Range and Habitat

Brown Shrike: Asian species which casually occurs in Alaska in the western portions of the Aleutian archipelago, St. Lawrence Island, and near Anchorage; in fall and winter, individuals have been recorded in central California. Preferred habitats include lowlands, farmlands, and orchards with thickets and scrub.

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Brown Shrike SONGS AND CALLS

Brown Shrike Q1

Alarm call is a rapid series of harsh notes.

Brown Shrike E1

Chattering, harsh "jih-jih-jih" calls between a pair.

Similar Sounding


Voice Text

"chack", "jun-jun-jun", "kichi-kichi-kichi", "gey gey gey"

INTERESTING FACTS

  • In 1977 & 1979 the Dutch ornithologist K. H. Voous published studies that argued for them to be regarded as separate species, which they have been ever since.
  • The Brown, Red-backed, and Isabelline shrikes were once regarded as part of a large super-species.
  • With its narrow habitat requirements, they appear to have suffered significantly from habitat loss, while others such as the Bull-headed Shrike has not been adversely affected.
  • A group of shrikes are collectively known as an "abattoir" and a "watch" of shrikes.

SIMILAR BIRDS

RANGE MAP NORTH AMERICA

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This map shows how this species is distributed across North America.

RANGE MAP PALAU

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This map shows how this species is distributed across the Palau islands.

FAMILY DESCRIPTION

TERMINOLOGY

CREDITS

Author

Gary Owen Dick

Artist

Juan Costa

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