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Long-tailed Shrike or Rufous-backed Shrike

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Long-tailed Shrike or Rufous-backed Shrike (Lanius schach)

This medium sized bird with sharp looking face, is found throughout the Indomalayan Ecozone! Anytime I see these birds here in IITG, they are always looking down upon something or have their gaze on distant far place.. as if they are the silent vigilantes of their community. On deeper inspection, I found two races of these Shrikes live here! Both the erythronotus posted below and the tricolor, better known as the Himalayan race.

Distinctive Identifiers:

1. Grey head

2. Black eye band

3. Rufous colored back extending up-to sides of white underparts

4. Sharp hooked black beak

5. Black legs

Long-tailed ShrikeLong-tailed Shrike



About Avinash Hindupur

Dreamer, Creator, Speaker, Mentor. @iitguwahati alum, Creator of @deephunt_in. | Interested in all things data and machine learning.


21 thoughts on “Long-tailed Shrike or Rufous-backed Shrike

  1. We have 2 species of shrikes in North America, they are very cool birds. India is on our very long list of places to visit, your photos help keep that thought alive. Keep shooting.

    Posted by pronghornwildlife2 | February 13, 2012, 2:25 AM
  2. wonderful view and beautiful photography………which bird is this?

    Posted by soundarya ratna singh | February 15, 2012, 8:23 PM
  3. sorry, I got its name 🙂

    Posted by soundarya ratna singh | February 15, 2012, 8:30 PM
  4. Awsome work..keep it up

    Posted by Debamitra | February 19, 2012, 4:20 PM
  5. Hi, thanks for visiting. I’ve arrived in return, and liked this one at once. And I especially like your ‘Distinctive Identifiers’ feature… an excellent idea that others (ok,I) could usefully adopt…

    Posted by rollingharbour | March 21, 2012, 3:38 PM


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