Lanius lahtora

Lanius lahtora, Sykes.

256. :- Jerdon's Birds of India, Vol. I, p. 400; Butler, Guzerat; Stray Feathers, Vol. III, p. 462 ; Deccan, Stray Feathers, Vol. IX, p. 391; Murray's Vertebrate Zoology of Sind, p. 120 ; Swinhoe and Barnes, Central India; Ibis, 1885, p. 64.


Dudeya Latora and Sufaid Latora, Hin.

Length, 9.5 to 10 ; wing, 4.25 ; tarsus, 1.12; bill at front, 0.62.

Bill black; irides hazel-brown ; legs brown-black.

Pale blue-grey;, a very narrow frontal streak, continued through the eyes to the nape ; the wings and middle tail-feathers black; a large band on the wings, formed by a broad band occupying two-thirds of all the primaries, and the outer webs and tips of the secondaries ; the margins of the scapulars, the two external tail-feathers on each side, and the tips of the two following white; also all the lower plumage.

The Indian Grey Shrike is generally distributed throughout the province, but is less common perhaps in the more hilly districts. It is a permanent resident and breeds from February to July, but most nests are found in March, April and May. The nest is large,' compact and cup-shaped, and is composed of twigs, coarse grass, pieces of rag, &c, lined with finer grass roots. It is generally placed in the centre of a dense thorny bush or small tree. The eggs, generally four in number, occasionally five are broad, ovals, pointed at one end, of a delicate greenish-white color, spotted and blotched with yellowish, reddish, or purplish brown. The markings are more numerous at the larger end, sometimes forming a zone or cap, They measure about an inch in length by 0.79 in breadth.

Handbook to the Birds of the Bombay Presidency
Barnes, Henry Edwin. Handbook to the birds of the Bombay Presidency, 1885.
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Lanius lahtora
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Barnes, H. Edwin
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Common name: 
Indian Grey Shrike
Lanius meridionalis lahtora

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