Long-tailed Shrike feeding juvenile

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Lee Tiah Khee’s study of the Long-tailed Shrike (Lanius schach) shows the adult (above) with an unidentified insect. In the image below, the adult is feeding a juvenile with a centipede. The fledging has been reported to remain around the nesting area for up to two months. However, it would be able to forage for itself after three to four weeks, before which it would have to depend on the adults for food.

This shrike is an opportunistic feeder, taking a wide range of insects, usually the larger ones. It also takes small mammals, lizards, frogs and small birds. The bird is a fearless hunter.

Images by Lee Tiah Khee.

Reference:
Yosef, R., 2008. Family Laniidae (Shrikes). In: del Hoyo, J., A. Elliott & D. A. Christie (eds.), Handbook of the birds of the world. Vol. 13. Penduline-tits to Shrikes. Lynx Editions, Barcelona. Pp. 732-796.

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