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.
THE INDIAN GREY SHRIKE.
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.