Steppe Grey Shrike
Lanius pallidrostris


Photographer

Dick Newell

Date

23rd February 02

Location

Ras Bintawt, Oman

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This bird created some discussion because of possible confusion with the local Southern Grey Shrike, Lanius meridionalis aucheri. The problem was that the lores looked black as did the bill at certain angles. However, it had a lot of white in the primaries in flight as well as in the tertials and bordering the scapulars. It clearly has white across the top of the bill (not black, which would indicate aucheri). It was a pale bird, in typical pallidrostris habitat (arid scrubby desert). This bird demonstrates that you cannot immediately rule out pallidirostris on the basis of a bird having black/blackish lores.


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