First winter Comparison: Tiger Shrike vs Brown Shrike

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First winter (or first autumn) Tiger Shrikes (Lanius tigrinus) can occasionally be confused with first winter Brown Shrikes (Lanius cristatus). Their habitat is different but overlaps; Tiger Shrikes preferring more forested areas and Brown Shrikes more open areas but have seen both in our overgrown urban garden.

First winter Tiger Shrikes tend to be more barred especially on the head and back cf Brown Shrikes (above). One feature that helps in the face (below) is the pale supercilium seen in first winter Brown Shrikes while the Tiger Shrikes tend to have an eye ring that is more prominent behind and below the eye.

Appreciate any opinions (especially, to confirm this is a first winter Tiger Shrike.


Amar-Singh HSS (Dato’ Dr)

Ipoh, Perak, Malaysia


Location: Kledang-Sayong Forest Reserve, Ipoh, Perak, Malaysia

Habitat: Fringe of primary jungle

Date: 15th October 2019

Equipment: Nikon D500 SLR with Nikon AF-S Nikkor 500mm f/5.6E PF ED VR, handheld.


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