(707) Lanius excubitor pallidirostris.
The Allied Grey Shrike.
Lanius pallidirostris Cassin, Proc. Acad. Philad., v, p. 244 (1852) (E. Africa). " Lanius assimilis. Blanf. & Oates, i, p. 460.
Vernacular names. None recorded.
Description. Similar to L. e. lahtora but has no black on the forehead and the black does not extend beyond the ear-coverts on the neck; the white above the eye is more distinct, forming a faint supercilium; the lesser wing-coverts are all grey; the secondaries have more black and less white and the under surface of the body is often suffused with pink.
Colours of soft parts. Iris dark brown ; bill pale horny; legs and feet dark horny to blackish.
Measurements. Total length, about 250 mm.; wing 105 to 111 mm.; tail 95 to 111 mm.; tarsus about 32 mm.; culmen 18 to 19 mm.
Distribution. Trans-Caspia to Syr Darya, through Persia to Persian Baluchistan, Central Asia to Lob Nor and Tian-Shan. In Winter to Nubia and Somaliland and as a straggler into Northwest India where it has been obtained once only in the Punjab.
Nidification and Habits. There is practically nothing on record, though probably neither will be found to differ in any way from that of the preceding bird.