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Iberian Grey Shrike

(Lanius meridionalis)
German name(s): "Mittelmeer-Raubwürger"
Size: 24-25 cm; wing span 30-34 cm
Weight: 50-80 g

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Description     Classification     Distribution     Sightings     Photos     Breeding     Nest     Eggs     Behaviour     Food     Call/s

Physical description

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Taxonomy, classification

See Iberian Grey Shrike at Wikipedia .

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Range, habitat, finding this species

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Sightings

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Photos

ADULT

MALE

Frontal view of a resting male Iberian Grey Shrike; note the black lores (photo courtesy of J. Pires)
[Mora, Evora, Portugal, February 2014]

Frontal view of a male Iberian Grey Shrike; note the characteristic pinkish hue (photo courtesy of J. Pires)
[Mora, Evora, Portugal, April 2018]

Near-frontal view of a male Iberian Grey Shrike (photo courtesy of J. Pires)
[Mora, Evora, Portugal, September 2019]

Lateral view of a male(?) Iberian Grey Shrike (photo courtesy of J. Pires)
[Sorraia River, near Mora, Evora, Portugal, February 2019]

Lateral view of a male Iberian Grey Shrike (photo courtesy of J. Pires)
[Mora, Evora, Portugal, March 2018]

Lateral view of a male Iberian Grey Shrike (photo courtesy of J. Pires)
[Montargil, Alentejo, Portugal, December 2018]

Lateral view of a male Iberian Grey Shrike (photo courtesy of J. Pires)
[Coruche, Santarem, Portugal, September 2018]

Near-dorsal view of a male Iberian Grey Shrike calling from a high perch (photo courtesy of J. Pires)
[Sorraia River, Coruche, Santarem, Portugal, January 2018]

Dorsal view of a male Iberian Grey Shrike (photo courtesy of J. Pires)
[Mora, Evora, Portugal, January 2014]

FEMALE

Near-lateral view of a female(?) Iberian Grey Shrike (photo courtesy of J. Pires)
[Mora, Evora, Portugal, June 2019]

Lateral view of a female Iberian Grey Shrike; note the grey lores (photo courtesy of J. Pires)
[Coruche, Santarem, Portugal, December 2018]

Close-up lateral/ventral view of a female Iberian Grey Shrike (photo courtesy of J. Pires)
[Mora, Evora, Portugal, May 2014]

PAIR

Pair of Iberian Grey Shrikes in a dead tree top, male on the left (photo courtesy of J. Pires)
[Sorraia River, Coruche, Santarem, Portugal, December 2018]

Sex unknown

Near-lateral view of an Iberian Grey Shrike (photo courtesy of J. Pires)
[Mora, Evora, Portugal, September 2019]

Near-lateral view of an Iberian Grey Shrike (photo courtesy of J. Pires)
[Mora, Evora, Portugal, September 2019]

Near-lateral view of an Iberian Grey Shrike (photo courtesy of J. Pires)
[Mora, Evora, Portugal, January 2019]

Near-lateral view of an Iberian Grey Shrike; note the characteristic pinkish hue (photo courtesy of J. Pires)
[Mora, Evora, Portugal, February 2016]

Lateral view of an Iberian Grey Shrike (photo courtesy of J. Pires)
[Mora, Evora, Portugal, May 2019]

Lateral view of a soaking wet Iberian Grey Shrike (photo courtesy of J. Pires)
[Mora, Evora, Portugal, April 2014]

Dorsal view of an Iberian Grey Shrike in low flight (photo courtesy of J. Pires)
[Mora, Evora, Portugal, June 2019]

IMMATURE/JUVENILE

Lateral view of a juvenile Iberian Grey Shrike; note the faint facial mask (photo courtesy of J. Pires)
[Tejo estuary, Portugal, August 2019]

Behaviour

Just like other shrikes of the genus Lanius, Iberian Grey Shrikes are known to spike their prey on thorns for future consumption.

Call(s)/Song

For this species we have recorded the following call(s)/song. The interpretation of their meaning is our own; comments and suggestions for improvement are welcome.

ibgshrk_jp_20200101.m4a (Portugal) Contact calls? © JP
ibgshrk_jp_20200329.m4a (Portugal) Contact calls? © JP
ibgshrk_jp_20200408_2.m4a (Portugal) Contact calls? © JP
ibgshrk_jp_20200408.m4a (Portugal) Contact calls? © JP
ibgshrk_jp_20190614.m4a (Portugal) Contact calls? © JP
ibgshrk_jp_20190528.m4a (Portugal) ? © JP
ibgshrk_jp_20190616.m4a (Portugal) ? © JP

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