Lanius cristatus, Lin.
261. :- Jerdon's Birds of India, Vol. I, p. 406 ; Butler, Guzerat; Stray Feathers, Vol. III, p. 464; Deccan, Stray Feathers, Vol. IX, p. 392 ; Murray's Vertebrate Zoology of Sind, p. 122; Swinhoe and Barnes, Central India; Ibis, 1885, p. 66.
THE BROWN SHRIKE.
Length, 7.6 to 81; expanse, 9.5 to 11; wing, 3.25 to 3.5 ; tail, 3.4 to 3.9 ; bill from gape, 0.84 to 0.86; bill from front, 0.5 to 0.58.
Bill blackish-horny, beneath fleshy; irides brown; legs leaden-blue.
Above rufous-brown with the head, tail and upper tail-coverts, more rufous ; streak over the eye, sometimes faintly and narrowly extending over the forehead, white ; throat white ; the rest of the lower parts whitish, with a fulvous tinge; lores and ear-coverts forming a broad band through the eye, dull brown-black. Female and young much edged with brown bands, and the eye-spot paler and brown.
The Brown Shrike occurs more or less commonly as a cold weather visitant throughout the district.