Monday, March 25, 2019

Flights of Fancy eBook Excerpt: Page 6 Brown Shrike

I saw just one of this bird, the Brown Shrike (Lanius cristatus) right there on the garden grounds of Suzette's Maligcong Homestay, the second shrike I've seen in Maligcong during my most recent trip.  It's a medium-sized bird, maybe foraging for insects in the garden by itself, staying some distance from the other birds like the sparrows and babblers.  

The word "Lanius" means butcher in Latin, owing to the fact that shrikes often impale their prey on thorns.  Usually found in open scrub habitats, its diet consists of moths and butterflies as well as smaller birds and lizards.

Image detail:  Taken with a Nikon B700, Manual Mode, Handheld | 2019 © Oggie Ramos

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