349. Lanius algeriensis

349. Algerian Grey Shrike.
LANIUS ALGERIENSIS.
Lanius algeriensis, Lesson. Rev. Zool. 1830, p. 134 ; Dresser, iii. p. 391, pl. 148 ; Gadow, Cat. B. Br. Mus. viii. p. 244.
Tair-sidi-sliman, Arabic.
Male ad. (Algeria). Resembles L. meridionalis differing in having the under parts dark grey, not vinous, and having no white superciliary stripe, but a narrow black frontal line. Culmen 0.85, wing 4.25, tail 4.7, tarsus 1.2 inch.
Hab. Morocco, Algeria, and Tunis, but not south of the Atlas range.
In habits it does not differ from its congeners. It breeds in April or May, placing its nest in a bush or low tree. The nest is constructed of twigs, and lined with wool, feathers, and rags. The eggs, usually 4 in number, are pale isabelline with ashy shell-markings and liver-brown surface-spots and blotches, and measure about 0.95 by 0.6.

BookTitle: 
A Manual Of Palaearctic Birds
Reference: 
Dresser, Henry Eeles. A Manual of Palaearctic Birds. Vol. 1. 1902.
Title in Book: 
349. Lanius algeriensis
Book Author: 
H. E. Dresser
CatNo: 
349
Year: 
1902
Page No: 
235
Common name: 
Algerian Grey Shrike
M_ID: 
19107
M_SN: 
Lanius meridionalis algeriensis
Volume: 
Vol. 1
id: 
9952

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