Woodchat Shrike

Lanius senator

(L. s. niloticus )

Armenian Name: Կարմրակատար շամփրուկ
Woodchat Shrike

See Plate 42 for Woodchat Shrike and other similar species

Resident Status: Breeding bird
Abundance: Uncommon
Length:18 cm, Wing Span:26-28 cm
Distribution Map: Map 228.
Description: Boldly patterned shrike with white patches on scapulars and base of primaries.
Adult: Male: black forehead and mask, white upper lores, brown-red from crown to upper mantle, white rump and underparts. Female: duller overall with more white on face.
Juvenile: Pale gray upperparts with brown tint, whitish scapular and wing patches, and black-brown scalloping; off-white below with dark crescents.
Similar Species: Juvenile differs from juvenile Red-backed Shrike by paler and grayer plumage, and whitish scapular patch.
Behavior: Perches lower in shrubs and trees than other shrikes. Fast level flight.
Habitat: Semidesert; arid mountain steppe.
Food: Invertebrates; small vertebrates.
Nest: Cup of twigs in bush or lone tree.
Eggs: 23 mm, 5-7, olive-green, brown spots.