The Tiger Shrike Lanius tigrinus – also known as Thick-billed Shrike – is a small passerine bird which belongs to the shrike family.
Distribution / Range
It breeds in open woodland and farmland with scattered trees in China, Korea, Japan and the Russian Far East. It winters mainly in Malaysia and Indonesia. It has a wide distribution and is not considered threatened although it has declined recently in Japan.
Diet / Feeding
It feeds on small animals especially insects. It typically hunts from a perch at the forest edge.
Breeding / Nesting
The breeding season is from May to July. 3-6 eggs are laid in a nest high in a tree.
The Tiger Shrike is reddish-brown above with blackish bars. The underparts are white and it has a black mask and grey crown and nape.
Females are duller in colour than the males.
Young birds lack the grey and black head markings and are similar to the juvenile Brown Shrike.
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