Some of the immature Brown Shrikes (Lanius cristatus) I saw yesterday.
One key distinguishing feature, pointed out to me by a colleague, that supports immature birds from adult females is the scaling on the crown – seen in all birds. Suspect it’s the best feature for differentiation.
Also note only tip of beak is black, rest pale ivory-blue. Underpart barring intense. Variable eye strip (ear coverts & lores) colour and intensity.
Note the supercilium in most birds runs behind the eye; the exception being the bird second from the top where it extends anteriorly.
Amar-Singh HSS (Dato’ Dr) – Ipoh, Perak, Malaysia
Habitat: Urban Gardens
Date: 12th October 2018
Equipment: Nikon D500 SLR with Tamron SP 150-600mm f/5-6.3 Di VC USD, handheld
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