Daurian Shrike

Lanius isabellinus (Hemprich & Ehrenberg, 1833) 15141
Family: Passeriformes > Laniidae

Isabelline Shrike, Neil Calbrade

The taxonomy of shrikes is complicated. Daurian Shrike forms part of a group with Red-backed Shrike and Turkestan Shrike. Duarian and Turkestan Shrikes were formerly identified as 'Isabelline Shrike' and assignment of old records to the separate forms is difficult. This is a rare visitor from central Asia. More than half of the records have come from November.

Daurian Shrike is migratory, wintering to the south and west of the breeding range, from Pakistan west to central Africa.

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  • Breeding
  • Winter
91 records observations recorded by BTO surveyors
91 records


91 records observations recorded by BTO surveyors
91 records



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Status and Trends

Population size and trends and patterns of distribution based on BTO surveys and atlases with data collected by BTO volunteers.


This species can be found on the following statutory and conservation listings and schedules.


We have no population estimates for this scarce species.


Information about movement and migration based on online bird portals (e.g. BirdTrack), Ringing schemes and tracking studies.


View a summary of recoveries in the Online Ringing Report.


Lifecycle and body size information about Daurian Shrike, including statistics on nesting, eggs and lifespan based on BTO ringing and nest recording data.


Sample sizes are too small to report Productivity and Nesting statistics for this species.


Sample sizes are too small to report Biometrics for this species.

Feather measurements and photos on featherbase


For information in another language (where available) click on a linked name

Welsh: Cigydd Dawria
Catalan: capsigrany pà?lid
Czech: tuhýk stredoasijský
Danish: Isabellatornskade
Dutch: Daurische Klauwier
Estonian: kõnnuõgija
Finnish: punapyrstölepinkäinen (arolepinkäinen)
French: Pie-grièche isabelle
German: Isabellwürger
Hungarian: pusztai gébics
Icelandic: Bleiksvarri
Italian: Averla isabellina
Latvian: rudastes cakste
Lithuanian: palšoji medšarke
Norwegian: Isabellavarsler
Polish: dzierzba pustynna
Portuguese: picanço-isabel
Slovak: strakoš hrdzavochvostý
Slovenian: bledi srakoper
Spanish: Alcaudón isabel
Swedish: isabellatörnskata

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