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  Common Fiscal

      Fiscal Shrike

 

 

Lanius collaris (732) 22 cm; 40 g

SEXES  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.

JUV  Duller and browner than ad, finely barred blackish above and below.

STATUS  Very common resident; generally sedentary.

HABITAT  Almost all woodland habitats, also suburban parks and gardens.

FOOD  Mainly insects, also small vertebrates including birds, reptiles and rodents; occasionally seeds and food scraps.

CALL  Sustained series of piping and grating notes, including mimicry.

BR  Monogamous. Bulky cup nest concealed low in tree or shrub. Occasional host of Jacobin Cuckoo.

ALT NAME  Fiscal Shrike.

 

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