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Laniidae - Shrikes

Southern Fiscal Lanius collaris ©Trevor Hardaker Website

Most authorities agree that there are just 33 species of true Shrikes; they are:

Yellow-billed Shrike Corvinella corvina

Magpie Shrike Urolestes melanoleucus

Northern White-crowned Shrike Eurocephalus rueppelli

Southern White-crowned Shrike Eurocephalus anguitimens

Tiger Shrike Lanius tigrinus

Souza's Shrike Lanius souzae

Bull-headed Shrike Lanius bucephalus

Brown Shrike Lanius cristatus

Red-backed Shrike Lanius collurio

Isabelline Shrike Lanius isabellinus

Red-tailed Shrike Lanius phoenicuroides

Burmese Shrike Lanius collurioides

Emin's Shrike Lanius gubernator

Bay-backed Shrike Lanius vittatus

Long-tailed Shrike Lanius schach

Grey-backed Shrike Lanius tephronotus

Mountain Shrike Lanius validirostris

Mackinnon's Shrike Lanius mackinnoni

Lesser Grey Shrike Lanius minor

Loggerhead Shrike Lanius ludovicianus

Great Grey Shrike Lanius excubitor

Southern Grey Shrike Lanius meridionalis

Steppe Grey Shrike Lanius pallidirostris

Chinese Grey Shrike Lanius sphenocercus

Grey-backed Fiscal Lanius excubitoroides

Long-tailed Fiscal Lanius cabanisi

Taita Fiscal Lanius dorsalis

Somali Fiscal Lanius somalicus

Common Fiscal Lanius collaris

Uhehe Fiscal Lanius marwitzi

Sao Tome Fiscal Lanius newtoni

Woodchat Shrike Lanius senator

Masked Shrike Lanius nubicus

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Shrikes Laniidae


Image + list (in French) of 34 Taxons - includes 3 sub-species.

Species Links

Brown Shrike Lanius cristatus


The Brown Shrike (Lanius cristatus) is a bird in the shrike family that is found mainly in Asia. It is closely related to the Red-backed Shrike (L. collurio) and Isabelline Shrike (L. isabellinus). Like most other shrikes, it has a distinctive black "bandit-mask" through the eye….

Loggerhead Shrike Lanius ludovicianus


A small gray, black, and white bird of open areas, the Loggerhead Shrike hardly appears to be a predator. But it uses its hooked beak to kill insects, lizards, mice, and birds, and then impales them on thorns to hold them while it rips them apart….

Northern White-crowned Shrike Eurocephalus rueppellii

BirdLife Species Account

Northern White-crowned Shrike Eurocephalus rueppellii

Species Account

The northern white-crowned shrike or white-rumped shrike (Eurocephalus ruppelli), is a shrike found in dry thornbush, semi-desert, and open acacia woodland in east Africa from south eastern South Sudan and southern Ethiopia to Tanzania. Its binomial name commemorates the German naturalist and explorer Eduard Rüppell.

Northern White-crowned Shrike Eurocephalus rueppellii

HBW Species Account

Northern White-crowned Shrike Eurocephalus rueppellii

Species Account

Sound archive and distribution map

Red-backed Shrike Lanius collurio


ed-backed shrikes are slightly larger, but slimmer, than house sparrows. The male is unmistakable with a bluish-grey head, black mask, bright chestnut back and thick hooked black bill…

Southern Fiscal Lanius collaris

Species Account

The southern fiscal or fiscal shrike (Lanius collaris) is a member of the shrike family found through most of Sub-Saharan Africa.

Southern Fiscal Lanius collaris

HBW Species Account

Southern Fiscal Lanius collaris

BirdLife Species Account

Southern Fiscal Lanius collaris

Species Account

Sound archive and distribution map.

Number of Species

Number of bird species: 33

Useful Reading

Shrikes - A Guide to the Shrikes of the World

by Norbert Lefranc & Tim Worfolk Pica Press 1997

ISBN: 187340347X

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