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  Lesser Grey Shrike

 

Lanius minor

(731) 21 cm; 46 g

SEXES  Similar, F slightly duller, mask narrower and with scattered pale feathers. Grey crown, nape and back easily distinguish it from Common Fiscal (which has prominent white scapu­lar bar). Salmon pink underparts conspicuous in fresh plumage; not always visible on non-br grounds.

JUV  Paler than ad, more buff above and yellowish below.

STATUS  Fairly common non-br Palearctic migrant; most arrive second half Nov, and depart Mar/Apr.

HABITAT  Arid and semi-arid open Acacia savanna; also found in dry broad-leaved woodland.

FOOD  Mainly insects, especially beetles.

CALL  Harsh grating geer-geer... shrek-shrek-shrek-shrek... notes.

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Etosha

Camera: Canon EOS 5D Mk III

Lens: Canon EF 600mm f/4L

 

 

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Etosha

Camera: Canon EOS 5D Mk III

Lens: Canon EF 600mm f/4L

 

 

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Savuti

Camera: Canon EOS 5D Mk III

Lens: Canon EF 600mm f/4L

 

 

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Savuti

Camera: Canon EOS 5D Mk III

Lens: Canon EF 600mm f/4L

 

 

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Savuti

Camera: Canon EOS 5D Mk III

Lens: Canon EF 600mm f/4L

 

 

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Savuti

Camera: Canon EOS 5D Mk III

Lens: Canon EF 600mm f/4L

 

 

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Savuti

Camera: Canon EOS 5D Mk III

Lens: Canon EF 600mm f/4L

 

 

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Savuti

Camera: Canon EOS 5D Mk III

Lens: Canon EF 600mm f/4L

 

 

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Etosha

Camera: Canon EOS 60D

Lens: Canon EF 600mm f/4L

 

 

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Etosha

Camera: Canon EOS 60D

Lens: Canon EF 600mm f/4L

 

 

 

 

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