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Sothern Grey Shrike (LaniusMeridionalis)

Spotted at Tal Chhapar Black Buck Sanctuary. This common inhabitant of dry and semi arid regions of India is very common at the Sanctuary. The dry scrub and wasteland interspersed with grassland and patches is ideal habitat for this 'Butcher Bird'. The abundant supply of locusts, lizards and other prey which attracts the hoards of Buzzards and other raptors also provide good supply of food for the shrikes.

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Taken on July 31, 2009