Brown Shrike – immature birds

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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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