707. Lanius excubitor pallidirostris

(707) Lanius excubitor pallidirostris Cassin.
THE BALUCHISTAN GREAT GREY SHRIKE.
Lanius excubitor pallidirostris, Fauna B. I., Birds, 2nd ed. vol. ii, p. 287.
This Grey Shrike breeds from Trans-Caspia to Baluchistan, and through West Central Asia to the Tian-Shan and Lob Nor. Within our limits this Shrike breeds freely in British Baluchistan round Quetta, although there is practically nothing on record.
Ticehurst, in his “Birds of British Baluchistan” (Journ. Bomb. Nat. Hist. Soc. vol. xxxi, p. 701, 1927), says:—“Records which are borne out by specimens testify that this is the breeding race of Grey Shrike in N. Baluchistan, to which it is a summer visitor. It breeds locally through the Chaman, Quetta, Ziarat, Fort Sande¬man Districts, and probably is the lahtora recorded by Ball from the Suleiman range ; it is not a bird of the highest hills, preferring the foothills and valleys, 5,000-7,000 feet. It must move down in September, as I only saw one on the Kach-Khawash road on September 25th, which is a favourite breeding ground. It probably breeds in the highlands of Kalat, as a juvenile obtained on Harboi appears to be of this race.”
Ticehurst, apparently, also thinks it probable that this is the breeding Grey Shrike on coastal Makran. The only reference to its breeding-habits is that of Meinertzhagen (Ibis, 1920, p. 150), in which he records that this Shrike is “a summer visitor to the foothills (Quetta) and common locally, arriving in early March and leaving in early November. A nest found on 11. vi. at Spereragha contained four young about a week old, the nest being in a wild almond bush about 8 feet from the ground, and of the usual type. I found it especially common round Kach and Azim from June to August.”
It is curious that neither Betham nor Williams refer to the breeding of this species about Quetta, which makes one wonder whether these breeding visitations are sporadic.
The few eggs I have seen differ in no way from those of L. e. lahtora.

BookTitle: 
The Nidification Of Birds Of The Indian Empire
Reference: 
Baker, Edward Charles Stuart. The nidification of birds of the Indian Empire. Vol. 2. 1933.
Title in Book: 
707. Lanius excubitor pallidirostris
Spp Author: 
Cassin.
Book Author: 
Edward Charles Stuart Baker
CatNo: 
707
Year: 
1933
Page No: 
255
Common name: 
Allied Grey Shrike
M_ID: 
19116
M_CN: 
Steppe Grey Shrike
M_SN: 
Lanius pallidirostris
Volume: 
Vol. 2
id: 
13853

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