Wild Birds

Tiger Shrikes aka Thick-billed Shrike

Tiger Shrikes aka Thick-billed Shrikes



The Tiger Shrikes Lanius tigrinus – also known as the Thick-billed Shrike – is a small passerine bird that belongs to the Shrike family.

Tiger Shrikes Perched on a Branch
Tiger Shrike Perched on a Branch

Distribution / Range

It breeds in open woodland and farmland with scattered trees in China, Korea, Japan, and the Russian Far East. It winters mainly in Malaysia and Indonesia. It has a wide distribution and is not considered threatened although it has declined recently in Japan.


Diet / Feeding

It feeds on small animals, especially insects. It typically hunts from a perch at the forest edge.


Breeding / Nesting

The breeding season is from May to July. 3-6 eggs are laid in a nest high in a tree.

Tiger Shrikes on a Thorn
Tiger Shrike on a Thorn


The Tiger Shrikes is reddish-brown above with blackish bars. The underparts are white and it has a black mask and grey crown and nape.

Females are duller in colour than males.

Young birds lack the grey and black head markings and are similar to the juvenile Brown Shrike.


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