The isabelline shrike or Daurian shrike (Lanius isabellinus) is a member of the shrike family (Laniidae). It was previously considered conspecific with the red-backed shrike and red-tailed shrike. The genus name, Lanius, is derived from the Latin word for "butcher", and some shrikes are also known as "butcher birds" because of their feeding habits. The common name is from the specific isabellinus, New Latin for "greyish-yellow" probably named for Isabella I of Castile, said to have promised not to change her undergarments until Spain was freed from the Moors. The common English name "shrike" is from Old English scríc, "shriek", referring to the shrill call.



This migratory medium-sized passerine eats large insects, small birds, rodents and lizards. Like other shrikes it hunts from prominent perches, and impales corpses on thorns or barbed wire as a larder. It breeds in open cultivated country, preferably with thorn bushes.

The plumage is isabelline, the sandy colour which gives rise to its name. It has a red tail. Young birds can be distinguished from young red-backed shrikes by the much sparser vermiculations on the underparts.



Isabelline Shrike
Date Location Count
2020-11-20 06:52Habesor Reservoirs==מאגרי הבשור1
2020-11-06 06:05Hatzuk Beach, Tel Aviv חוף הצוק, תל אביב1
2020-11-23 14:00Gal'on fields שדות גלאון1
2020-11-22 11:20Nahsholim בריכות נחשולים1
2020-11-06 08:30Hama'apil Fishponds בריכות המעפיל1
2020-11-18 14:13Neve Eitan Fish Ponds בריכות נווה איתן1
2020-11-02 15:06Be'et Shean Valley--general area עמק בית שאן אזור כללי1
2020-11-23 08:38Kfar Ruppin fishponds בריכות כפר רופין2
2020-11-03 06:54Kfar Ruppin lower reservoirs כפר רופין מאגרים תחתונים1
2020-11-12 06:30Kfar Ruppin Amud Reservoir מאגר עמוד כפר רופין1
2020-11-19 08:04Kibale Forest NP1
2020-11-15 07:17Serengeti NP--Serengeti Serena Safari Lodge1
2020-11-15 09:31Serengeti NP--Seronera1
2020-11-14 11:19Nairobi NP1
2020-11-10 06:45Lewa Wildlife Conservancy1
2020-11-01 07:15Buffalo Springs NR
2020-11-19 08:36Thika Wastewater Treatment Plant1
2020-11-14 14:00Magongo Hills1
2020-11-21 10:12Amboseli NP3
2020-11-18 11:47Tsavo West NP--northern section
2020-11-21 04:30Tsavo West NP--Ngulia Lodge1
2020-11-21 14:35Tsavo West NP (general)1
2020-11-26 16:50Sagala Lodge/Ndara Ranch1
2020-11-10 10:55Abraq Al-Habari1
2020-11-26 06:49Sabaki River Estuary
2020-11-20 06:30Jahra East Outfall1
2020-11-27 06:27Sulaibiya Pivot Fields - Southern Section (Restricted Access)4
2020-11-20 06:08Al Asfar Lake (بحيرة الأصفر)3
2020-11-20 05:45Arikhiya Farm2
2020-11-14 06:00Doha West Sewage Treatment Plant--Al Sailiya Ponds1
2020-11-20 06:50Sila'a--general area2
2020-11-19 12:00Sila'a--Harbour Marsh1
2020-10-29 16:30Jebel Dhanna--hotels2
2020-11-04 08:21Mirfa--plantations1
2020-10-30 07:45Emirates Palace1
2020-11-21 07:28Lulu Island1
2020-11-21 09:00Abu Dhabi--Formal Park1
2020-11-21 08:00Heritage Park1
2020-11-27 11:50Abu Dhabi Golf and Equestrian Club3
2020-11-09 08:00Mushrif Palace Gardens1
2020-11-13 06:45Saadiyat Beach Golf Club (restricted access)1
2020-11-13 10:35Jubail Mangrove Park1
2020-10-30 07:00Qasr Al Sarab Desert Resort1
2020-11-14 15:15Al Wathba Camel Racetrack2
2020-10-30 08:12Ajban Farms2
2020-11-12 07:00Jebel Ali Hotel2
2020-11-02 10:30Al Marmoom DCR--Expo 2020 Lake1
2020-11-15 14:41Ra's al-Khor Wildlife Sanctuary--general area2
2020-11-22 06:30Al Marmoom DCR--Al Qudra Pivots (no access)2
2020-11-12 06:25Al-Zora Golf Club2
2020-11-27 08:26Al-Zora Nursery1
2020-11-06 11:15Ajman Water Treatment Plant1
2020-10-29 08:07Ajman BBQ Park1
2020-10-29 09:35Khor al-Beida1
2020-11-26 07:17Al Rafa'a4
2020-11-23 15:30Zakher Lake1
2020-11-20 08:16Banyan Fodder Field1
2020-10-30 07:00Ain al-Fayda1
2020-11-23 06:00Private estate near Green Mubazzarah1
2020-11-20 07:07Wamm Farms4
2020-11-27 07:30Wadi Wurayah NP--general area2
2020-11-11 12:30Al Bidiyah--farms3
2020-11-16 15:21Khor Fakkan canal1
2020-11-24 07:00Center for Desert and Ocean (CEDO)5
2020-11-16 16:00parth kansara photography1
2020-11-09 14:59Nani Aral, Moti Aral, Gichado village, and Layari river side, Banni1
2020-11-15 07:03Banni Grasslands--Hodka1
2020-11-19 11:05Mokarsagar Wetland Complex--Gosabara Creek2
2020-11-25 07:22Netsi Village1
2020-11-25 08:11Netsi Lake1
2020-11-14 08:30Saltpans on INS Valsura Rd1
2020-11-26Bedi Port Rd1
2020-11-08 06:47Great Rann of Kachchh--Dholavira1
2020-11-16 15:30Vibhapar1
2020-11-23 07:28Sachana Beach1
2020-11-24 10:08Desert NP--Sudasari1
2020-11-24 07:00Desert National Park3
2020-11-22 07:30Fofal Dam--Kuvadva1
2020-11-16 08:02Little Rann of Kachchh--Jogad2
2020-11-15 07:10Little Rann of Kachchh--Kuda1
2020-11-20 06:54Little Rann of Kachchh--Bajana Entry2
2020-11-17 07:36Bhaskarpara Narmada Canal Area1
2020-11-12 16:19Velavadar NP1
2020-11-06 15:15Kumbharwada wetland1
2020-10-29 08:30Avaniya Lake2
2020-11-19 16:19Juni Akhol4
2020-11-14 07:13Limbasi-Vastana Rd1
2020-11-14 15:09Sant Sarovar2
2020-11-08 07:00Pariej Lake1
2020-11-23 08:42Jorbeer Vulture Conservation Centre1
2020-11-24 07:07Virar--Tuss Khadi Beach, Arnala1
2020-11-08 09:01Merces, Near Suruchi beach1
2020-11-19 06:51Bena, Near Suruchi Beach2
2020-11-22 07:08Gogte saltpans vasai1
2020-11-22 07:00Gavdevi Mandir, Kharad-Malang1
2020-11-20 15:30Tal Chhapar Sanctuary
2020-11-21 10:11Chhapar Village Chowk and Pond1
2020-10-31 07:08Tal Chhapar WLS--Gaushala Area1
2020-11-15 08:00Ottu Lake, Sirsa, IN/HR1
2020-10-31 06:00Sambhar Lake1
2020-11-25 07:15Nakane Lake, Dhule2
2020-11-20 15:50Sonvad Reservoir, Dhule2
2020-11-22 07:30Babaji Ki Paal--Kanota Dam1
2020-11-22 07:41Hatnur Dam (IBA)1
2020-11-24 11:00Madothi jahjjar HR/IN2
2020-11-16 11:00Kheda Jhanjhrola HR/IN2
2020-11-04 09:00Sultanpur Flats1
2020-10-31 07:26Kheda Mankrola HR/IN3
2020-11-21 07:55Budhera WTP, Gurgaon1
2020-11-07 08:30Dharampur (Najafgarh) Gurgaon1
2020-11-13 07:42Basai Wetland1
2020-11-07 15:55Kumher area1
2020-11-07 15:30Bharatpur--Keoladeo Ghana NP1
2020-11-01 09:38Chambal Safari Lodge2
2020-10-29 06:30Nilona dam - North side2
2020-11-25 07:53Sarus Crane Wetlands Saifai near Kirthua2
2020-11-22 07:21Kurud Tank, Mandir Hasaud1