348. Lanius meridionalis

348. SOUTHERN GREY SHRIKE.
LANIUS MERIDIONALIS.
Lanius meridionalis, Temm., Man. d’Orn. i. p. 143, (1820) ; Gould, B. of E. ii. pl. 67 ; Dresser, iii. p. 387, pl. 147 ; Gadow, Cat. B. Br. Mus. viii. p. 246.
Alcandon real, Span. ; Picanso, Portug.
Male ad. (Spain). Upper parts very dark plumbeous ; wings black ; the inner primaries and secondaries tipped with white ; inner webs of secondaries narrowly margined with white ; middle tail-feathers black, the outer black at the base, otherwise white, the outermost almost entirely white ; the white alar patch very small ; a distinct white superciliary line ; no frontal black band ; under parts vinous pink ; bill and legs black ; iris brown. Culmen 0.75, wing 4.1, tail 4.5, tarsus 1.15 inch. Sexes alike. The young bird is much duller in colour, the throat and abdomen are dingy white, the rest of the under parts dull vinous.
Hab. Spain, Portugal, and the south of France.
Like its allies it frequents bush-covered plains and does not differ from them in its general habits. Its nest is placed on a bush or low tree, and resembles that of L. excubitor. The eggs usually 4 or 5 in number are deposited late in April or early in May and are greyish white thickly covered with purplish grey shell-markings and rich dark nut-brown surface-spots and blotches, measuring about 1.8 by 0.77. Compared with eggs of L. excubitor the markings are more profuse and more generally scattered over the surface of the egg.

BookTitle: 
A Manual Of Palaearctic Birds
Reference: 
Dresser, Henry Eeles. A Manual of Palaearctic Birds. Vol. 1. 1902.
Title in Book: 
348. Lanius meridionalis
Book Author: 
H. E. Dresser
CatNo: 
348
Year: 
1902
Page No: 
234
Common name: 
Sourn Grey Shrike
M_ID: 
19104
M_CN: 
Southern Grey Shrike
M_SN: 
Lanius meridionalis
Volume: 
Vol. 1
id: 
10843

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