Lanius collaris (732) 22 cm; 40 g
Similar, M > F. Black upperparts with white ‘V’ on back and
all-white underparts distinctive. Longer tailed and broader billed
than M Fiscal Flycatcher with wingbar extending to upper ‘shoulder’
(not restricted to lower wing). Female duller than M and with
chestnut patch on ﬂanks that may not always be visible when perched.
Western subspecies has conspicuous white eyebrow.
Duller and browner than ad, ﬁnely barred blackish above and below.
Very common resident; generally sedentary.
Almost all woodland habitats, also suburban parks and gardens.
Mainly insects, also small vertebrates including birds, reptiles
and rodents; occasionally seeds and food scraps.
Sustained series of piping and grating notes, including mimicry.
Monogamous. Bulky cup nest concealed low in tree or shrub.
Occasional host of Jacobin Cuckoo.
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