470. Lanius assimilis.
The Allied Grey Shrike.
Lanius assimilis, Brehm, Journ. fur Orn. 1854, p. 146; Gadow, Cat. B. M. viii, p. 249.
Coloration. Resembles L. lahtora in general appearance. Differs in having only the hairs overhanging the nostrils black, not the forehead; the upper plumage pale grey ; the lesser wing-coverts entirely grey; the white on the inner webs of the secondaries less pure and rather smaller in extent, and the lower plumage faintly tinged with pink.
The colour of the iris &c. does not appear to have been recorded.
Length about 9 ; tail 4.3; wing 4.2; tarsus 1; bill from gape 1.
Distribution. No specimens of this species are contained in the Hume Collection, but there are three in the British Museum which were obtained within our limits - one at Daulatpur in Sind, and one at Karachi by Dr. Gould, and a third in the Punjab by Brigadier Hearsay. Dr. Aitchison procured this bird in Afghanistan, and it occurs at Fao on the Persian Gulf and in Mesopotamia.
Gadow gives the range of this species as extending from Sennaar and the White Nile through Turkestan to the Amoor.