Lesser Grey Shrike (Lanius minor)

Taken at High Newton, Northumberland on June 5th 2008.
(1/250th sec at f10. © David Hastings)


L: 19 - 21 cm

The Lesser Grey Shrike is slightly smaller than, but otherwise similar to, the Great Grey Shrike. Adult males have peach or salmon-pink breast.

It is s summer visitor to south-eastern Europe. It breeds locally on the Mediterranean coasts of Spain and France eastwards through Italy and the Balkans. It winters in southwest Africa. It is a scarce vagrant to western Europe.

It breeds in open terrain with cultivations, orchards, and scattered trees and groves.

Lesser Grey Shrikes are often seen scanning from telephone wires.


25-Jun-2014 : nr Mirkovo, Bulgaria
06-Jun-2008 : High Newton, Northumberland (1)