Brown Shrike

Scientific name: Lanius cristatus
Mongolian name: Ухаа Дунхай
Order: Passeriformes
Bird family: Laniidae (Shrikes)
Conservation status: LC


Key information

The brown shrike (Lanius cristatus) is a bird in the shrike family that is found mainly in Asia. It is closely related to the red-backed shrike (L. collurio) and isabelline shrike (L. isabellinus). The genus name, Lanius, is derived from the Latin word for "butcher", and some shrikes are also known as "butcher birds" because of their feeding habits.

Length :17-20 cm

Weight : male 27–34 g, female 28–37 g

Population:The global population has not been quantified and the overall trend is decreasing. 

Habitat: The nominate form breeds in northern Asia from Mongolia to Siberia and winters in South Asia, Myanmar and the Malay Peninsula.

Diet: mainly on insects, especially Lepidoptera Like other shrikes, they impale prey on thorns. Small birds and lizards are also sometimes preyed upon.