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Long-tailed Shrike | by ZILL NIAZI
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Long-tailed Shrike

The Long-tailed Shrike or the Rufous-backed Shrike (Lanius schach) is a member of the bird family Laniidae, the shrikes.

 

It is small for a grey shrike, but has a very long tail with rufous edges. The underparts are white, but with rufous flanks. The bill and legs are nearly black.

 

This bird has a characteristic upright "shrike" attitude perched on a bush, from which it sallies after lizards, large insects, small birds and rodents.

 

This picture is cordially dedicated to my dear friend Steve.

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Taken on August 11, 2012