347. Lanius fallax

347. Finsch’S Grey Shrike.
LANIUS FALLAX.
Lanius fallax, Finsch, Trans. Zool. Soc. vii. p. 249, pl. xxv. (1872) ; Gadow, Cat. B. Br. Mus. viii. p. 247, pl. viii ; Dresser, ix. p. 163 ; L. uncinatus, Selater and Hartl., P.Z.S. 1881, p. 168.
Abou-seround, Booras, Arabic.
Male ad. (Gennesareth). Differs from L. elegans in having the upper parts much darker grey ; under parts white washed with grey, the white alar patch small, the inner webs of the secondaries chiefly blackish, the lesser wing-coverts black, slightly intermixed with grey ; an indistinct white superciliary stripe ; black frontal line very narrow or obsolete. Culmen 0.85, wing 4.25, tail 4.3, tarsus 1.25 inch.
Hab. Canary Islands, N. E. Africa, Palestine, Mesopotamia, Muscat, east to Afghanistan, Baluchistan, possibly to the Deccan.
In general habits it does not differ from T. elegans. It breeds in March or April, placing its nest on a bush. The nest is constructed chiefly of thorny twigs, grass-bents, and roots, well lined with wool and grass, and the eggs, from 4 to 5, are dull light stone-grey with purplish brown shell-markings and dull liver-brown or nut-brown surface-spots and blotches.

BookTitle: 
A Manual Of Palaearctic Birds
Reference: 
Dresser, Henry Eeles. A Manual of Palaearctic Birds. Vol. 1. 1902.
Title in Book: 
347. Lanius fallax
Book Author: 
H. E. Dresser
CatNo: 
347
Year: 
1902
Page No: 
234
Common name: 
Finsch’s Grey Shrike
Volume: 
Vol. 1
id: 
10247

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