|Southern Grey Shrike|
The Southern Grey Shrike Lanius meridionalis is a member of the shrike family Laniidae.
It is closely related to the Great Grey Shrike Lanius excubitor with which it used to be considered conspecific.
The race L. m. pallidirostis breeds in central Asia and winters in the tropics. It is much paler than Southern Grey or Great Grey, and may be a separate species Steppe Grey Shrike.
This medium-sized passerine eats large insects, small birds, rodents and lizards. Like other shrikes it hunts from prominent perches, and impales corpses on thorns or barbed wire as a “larder’’.
The plumage is generally similar to Great Grey Shrike apart from the differences noted above.