Brown Shrike (Lanius cristatus)

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Brown Shrike (Lanius cristatus)

Post by dolina on Tue Dec 03, 2013 8:56 pm

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The Brown Shrike is a migratory species and ringing studies show that  they have a high fidelity to their wintering sites, often returning to  the same locations each winter.[20][21][22] They begin establishing  wintering territories shortly on arrival and their loud chattering or  rattling calls are distinctive. Birds that arrive early and establish  territories appear to have an advantage over those that arrive later in  the winter areas.[23][24] The timing of their migration is very regular  with their arrival in winter to India in August to September and  departure in April.[25] During their winter period, they go through a  premigratory moult.[20] Their song in the winter quarters is faint and  somewhat resembles the call of the Rosy Starling and often includes  mimicry of other birds. The beak remains closed when singing and only  throat pulsations are visible although the bird moves its tail up and  down while singing.[5][26]

The breeding season is late May or June and the breeding habitat  includes the taiga, forest to semi-desert where they build a nest in a  tree or bush, laying 2-6 eggs.[27]

They feed mainly on insects, especially lepidoptera.[28] Like other  shrikes, they impale prey on thorns.

Small birds and lizards are also  sometimes preyed on.[29] A white-eye (Zosterops) has been recorded in  its larder.[5] They typically look out for prey from a perch and fly  down towards the ground to capture them.[30]

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Post by nelson khor on Wed Dec 11, 2013 9:26 pm

Nice shots with prey

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Post by dolina on Thu Dec 12, 2013 3:36 am

Thanks Nelson
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