The Isabelline Shrike Lanius isabellinus is a member of the shrike family Laniidae. It is the eastern equivalent of the Red-backed Shrike Lanius collurio with which it used to be considered conspecific.
It breeds in open cultivated country, preferably with thorn bushes.
This migratory medium-sized passerine eats large insects, small birds, voles and lizards. Like other shrikes it hunts from prominent perches, and impales corpses on thorns or barbed wire as a “larder’’.
The plumage is the sandy colour which gives rise to its name. It has a red tail.
Young birds can be distinguished from young Red-backed Shrikes by the much sparser vermiculations on the underparts.