Grey-backed shrike

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Grey-backed shrike
Grey-backed Shrike Khangchendzonga Biosphere Reserve West Sikkim India 21.02.2016.jpg
Lanius tephronotus tephronotus from Khangchendzonga Biosphere Reserve, West Sikkim, India
Scientific classification e
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Order: Passeriformes
Family: Laniidae
Genus: Lanius
Species: L. tephronotus
Binomial name
Lanius tephronotus
(Vigors, 1831)

The grey-backed shrike (Lanius tephronotus) is a species of bird in the family Laniidae. It is found in Bangladesh,[2] India (Uttarakhand), Nepal, Bhutan, China and Yunnan.

Lanius tephronotus.

Among the shrikes, they breed at the highest altitude. They are partial migrants, with some populations moving south in winter. They breed in summer from late May to early July. The nest is built in a bush and about 3 to 5 eggs are laid. The eggs are incubated by the female alone and incubation is begun even before the complete clutch is laid. The chicks hatch after 15–18 days and are taken care of by both the parents until the fledge after about two weeks.[3]


  1. ^ BirdLife International (2012). "Lanius tephronotus". IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2013.2. International Union for Conservation of Nature. Retrieved 26 November 2013. 
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  3. ^ Lu X, Wang C, Yu T (2010). "Nesting Ecology of the Grey-backed Shrike (Lanius tephronotus) in South Tibet". The Wilson Journal of Ornithology. 122 (2): 395–398. doi:10.1676/09-104.1.