482. Lanius lucionensis.
The Philippine Shrike.
Lanius lucionensis, Linn. Syst. Nat. i, p. 135 (1766); Wald. Ibis, 1867, p. 215; Hume, S. F. ii, p. 199; Wald. Irons. Z. S. ix, p. 171, pl. xxix, fig. 1 ; Hume & Dav. S. F. vi, p. 205; Legge, Birds Ceyl. p. 378, note; Hume, Cat. no. 261 bis ; Oates, B. B. i, p. 251; Gadow, Cat. B. M. viii, p. 274.
Coloration. The forehead and a distinct supercilium greyish white; the feathers immediately at the base of the upper mandible, the lores, and a broad streak passing through the eyes and covering the ear-coverts black ; the whole upper plumage and scapulars greyish brown, tinged with rufous on the rump and upper tail-coverts ; tail brown, tinged with rufous and tipped paler; chin, throat, and sides of neck white ; remainder of lower plumage pale buff; the coverts and the wing dark brown, each feather edged with rufous, more broadly so on the tertiaries than elsewhere.
The young have the upper plumage brown closely barred with black, and the lower plumage yellowish or buffy white; all the feathers except those on the chin, throat, middle of breast, and abdomen barred with dark brown.
Legs and feet dull leaden blue; the upper mandible horny brown, edged whitish near the gape; the terminal third of the lower mandible horny brown ; the basal two thirds bluish or fleshy white ; irides brown (Davison).
Length 8 ; tail 3.6 ; wing 3.5 ; tarsus 1; bill from gape .9.
Distribution. The Andamans and Nicobars ; the extreme southern part of Tenasserim ; the Mergui Islands. In the Andamans this Shrike appears to be a permanent resident, for in the Hume Collection are specimens killed in these islands in almost every month of the year. It is said to have occurred in Ceylon.
In winter this species is found in the Malay peninsula and the Philippine Islands, and it passes the summer in Northern China.