Birds of Morni: Rufous-backed Shrike

November 21, 2011

Rufous-backed Shrike (Lanius schach) is the size of a bulbul. Has a grey head. The rump and lower back is rufous. The under parts are whitish with a tinge of rufous. A dark, black band runs from the forehead through the eyes. The bill is stout and hooked. It is found in open, scrub area and the Himalayas upto an elevation of 3000 metres. Its call is harsh. It is a remarkable mimic and can memorize different bird calls. It feeds on grass-hoppers, large insects, lizards, small mice etc. Shrikes are known to impale their victims on thorns before feeding on them. It builds its nest from February to July, a deep cup of twigs, grass etc.

Rufous-backed Shrike

Rufous-backed Shrike road to Belwali

Rufous-backed Shrike road to Belwali

Rufous-backed Shrike

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