Tiger Shrike (Lifer #307)
After a long break from birding, I didn't waste anytime by visiting my favourite birding location in Taman TAR last Saturday. Among the birds photographed were the Tiger shrike (Lifer #307), Purple-naped sunbird (record shot), Everett's white-eye, Scaly-breasted bulbul, Red-eyed bulbul, Stripe-throated bulbul, Pin-striped tit-babbler, Common flameback woodpecker, Lineated barbet, Gold-whiskered barbet. The normal port for the Crimson-breasted flowerpecker and Orange-bellied flowerpecker was damaged by a fallen tree.
The tiger shrike or thick-billed shrike (Lanius tigrinus) is a small passerine bird which belongs to the genus Lanius in the shrike family, Laniidae. It is found in wooded habitats across eastern Asia. It is a shy, often solitary bird which is less conspicuous than most other shrikes. Like other shrikes it is predatory, feeding on small animals. Its nest is built in a tree and three to six eggs are laid.
It derives its name from the tiger-like pattern of its upperparts which are reddish-brown with dark bars. Adult males have white underparts and a grey head with a black mask. Females and young birds are duller and browner and young birds lack the grey and black on the head [Wikipedia].
Name: Tiger shrike
Scientific: Lanius tigrinus
Malay: Tirjup Harimau / Tirjup Rimau
IUCN Red List (v3.1, 2016): Least Concern
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