Lanius isabellinus, Hemp. & Ehr.
262. :- Lanius arenarius, Bly. :- Jerdon's Birds of India, Vol. I, p. 407; Butler, Guzerat; Stray Feathers, Vol. III, p. 464 ; Murray's Vertebrate Zoology of Sind, p. 122.
THE PALE BROWN SHRIKE.
Length, 7.75; wing, 3.75 ; tail, 3.5.
The race differs from cristatus by its much paler hue, being light ashy-brown, barely tinged with rufous on the rump only ; lores and superciliary streak pale; ear-coverts dark above, pale beneath; wings pale brown ; the primaries narrowly edged,, and the coverts and secondaries broadly with rufescent; the central tail-feathers brown; the rest pale rufous-brown ; beneath white, smeared all over, but especially on the breast and flanks, with fawn or fulvescent; under tail-coverts white.
The Pale Brown Shrike is a common winter visitant to Sind and Guzerat. It does not occur in the Deccan, nor has it as yet been recorded from Central India.