Turkestan Shrike

Lanius phoenicuroides (Schalow, 1875) TURSH 15152
Family: Passeriformes > Laniidae

Turkestan Shrike, Toby Carter

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. It is a very rare visitor to Britain & Ireland from central Asia.

Called Red-tailed Shrike by some, the handful of records suggest that this is a spring visitor.

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  • Breeding
  • Winter
13 records observations recorded by BTO surveyors
13 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.


Turkestan Shrike is a very rare vagrant.

Weekly occurence of Turkestan 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 Turkestan 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 Llwydfelen
Czech: tuhýk turkestánský
Danish: Turkestantornskade
Dutch: Turkestaanse Klauwier
Estonian: punasaba-kõnnuõgija
French: Pie-grièche du Turkestan
German: Rotschwanzwürger
Italian: Averla codirossa
Norwegian: Rødhalevarsler
Polish: dzierzba rdzawosterna
Slovak: strakoš turkménsky
Spanish: Alcaudón colirrojo
Swedish: turkestantörnskata

Links to more information from ConservationEvidence.com

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