Masked Shrike

Lanius nubicus (MHK Lichtenstein, 1823) MASSH 15240
Family: Passeriformes > Laniidae

Masked Shrike, Yoav Perlman

A distinctive black and white shrike with orange flanks, this species has a rather restricted breeding range in Greece, Turkey and the Levant; it is an extremely rare visitor, with just a handful of records.

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  • Breeding
  • Winter
255 records observations recorded by BTO surveyors
255 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.


This vagrant is too rarely reported to map distribution.

Occupied 10-km squares in UK

European Distribution Map

European Breeding Bird Atlas 2


Masked Shrike is a very rare vagrant.

Weekly occurence of Masked Shrike from BirdTrack
Weekly occurrence patterns (shaded cells) and reporting rates (vertical bars) based on BirdTrack data. Reporting rates give the likelihood of encountering the species each week.


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 Masked 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

Catalan: capsigrany emmascarat
Czech: tuhýk belocelý
Danish: Masketornskade
Dutch: Maskerklauwier
Estonian: valgelauk-õgija
Finnish: valko-otsalepinkäinen
French: Pie-grièche masquée
German: Maskenwürger
Hungarian: álarcos gébics
Icelandic: Grímusvarri
Italian: Averla mascherata
Latvian: maskas cakste
Lithuanian: baltakakte medšarke
Norwegian: Hvitpannevarsler
Polish: dzierzba bialoczelna
Portuguese: picanço-da-núbia
Slovak: strakoš bielocelý
Slovenian: zakrinkani srakoper
Spanish: Alcaudón núbico
Swedish: masktörnskata

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