|Southern Grey Shrike Lanius meridionalis
(aka Great Grey Shrike Lanius excubitor)
|near Ouarzazate, Morocco
The Southern Grey Shrike is distributed in the Iberian Peninsula and southern France and in northern Africa, the Middle East, Central Asia and the Indian sub-continent. It is found in open country with thorny bushes and can be found in semi-desert and desert provided some thorny bushes are present.
|The requirement for thorny bushes comes from their use as hunting perches, places to cache their food, for nesting and for shelter.
There is some debate about the taxonomy of this species. Some authorities regard it as a separate species while others treat it as a sub-species of Great Grey Shrike L. excubitor which has a wide distribution in Europe, Asia and North America.
It differs from Great Grey Shrike in being much darker above, pinkish below and with shorter wings.
The duller bird in photo 2 is, I assume, a juvenile.
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