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
2021-02-21 11:16Nahsholim beach חוף נחשולים1
2021-02-27 11:09Nahsholim בריכות נחשולים1
2021-02-26 06:30Neve Ur Fishponds בריכות נווה אור1
2021-03-02 11:27Kfar Ruppin fishponds בריכות כפר רופין1
2021-02-09 06:30Kfar Ruppin lower reservoirs כפר רופין מאגרים תחתונים1
2021-03-04 08:50Lake Manyara Airport1
2021-02-06 11:20Nairobi NP2
2021-02-14 16:15Magongo Hills1
2021-02-27 06:40Kimana Sanctuary2
2021-02-13 06:37Sabaki River Estuary
2021-02-26 08:30Al Jahra Farms1
2021-03-03 09:27Al Jahra Reserve (Restricted access)3
2021-02-26 08:39Sulaibiya Pivot Fields - Southern Section (Restricted Access)1
2021-02-27 11:30Al Asfar Lake (بحيرة الأصفر)1
2021-02-26 06:50Dumistan Poultry Farm (Hamala Farm)
2021-02-12 08:00Qanbarabad Reservoir قنبراباد مخزن اب1
2021-02-20 06:26Irakhiya Farm1
2021-02-27 08:00Al Khor--Al Farkiah Beach (Family/Nouf Beach)1
2021-03-01 12:38Al Bidda Park1
2021-02-19 07:15Al Wakra beach1
2021-03-03 16:35Emirates Palace1
2021-02-24 07:59Abu Dhabi Corniche1
2021-02-12 09:00Heritage Park1
2021-03-04 17:10Abu Dhabi Golf and Equestrian Club2
2021-02-25 06:58Mushrif Palace Gardens1
2021-02-14 15:50Saadiyat Beach Golf Club (restricted access)2
2021-02-25 09:00Al Zafranah Park1
2021-02-28 11:00Jubail Mangrove Park1
2021-02-28 07:30Yas Island--Hypocolius viewpoint1
2021-02-27 16:25Al Wathba Wetland Reserve3
2021-02-25 08:19Yas Gateway Park1
2021-02-19 07:30Al Maha Forest--Pivot Fields (no access)10
2021-02-12 08:34Al Mamzar Park1
2021-02-10 07:00Al Marmoom DCR--Long Expo Lakes1
2021-02-26 08:00Al-Zora Golf Club2
2021-02-27 16:08Al-Zora Nursery1
2021-02-20 10:51Al Rafa'a1
2021-02-20 14:29Banyan Fodder Field2
2021-02-16 07:10Ain al-Fayda2
2021-02-27 15:30Al Ain Cement factory quarries2
2021-03-04 06:30Private estate near Green Mubazzarah1
2021-02-26 13:00Hamraniyah--carpet grass farm1
2021-02-16 10:20Hatta Lake and wadi1
2021-02-26 07:26Wamm Farms3
2021-02-06 07:24Hara-e Roud-e Gaz Protected Area--Azini Wetland1
2021-02-06 12:20Al Qurm Natural Park1
2021-02-22 09:04Kirthar NP--Khar Center4
2021-02-20 18:06Malir Dam5
2021-02-27 12:00Madina Mill2
2021-02-12 14:51Haleji Lake1
2021-02-10 09:00Banni grassland2
2021-02-13 07:15Mokarsagar Wetland Complex2
2021-02-07 14:30Great Rann of Kachchh--Dholavira5
2021-02-28 08:20Vibhapar2
2021-02-05 08:00Sachana Beach1
2021-02-26 13:15Balachadi Beach2
2021-02-09 16:00Little Rann of Kachchh2
2021-02-23 16:00Little Rann of Kachchh--Kuda1
2021-02-21 07:34Little Rann of Kachchh--Koddha1
2021-02-13 00:25Little Rann of Kachchh--Patdi Lake1
2021-02-14 09:00Vadala Dam1
2021-02-21 11:32Vadla Dam( 22.916, 71.971)2
2021-02-21 07:35Nalsarovar Outskirts--Shahpur2
2021-02-13 10:30Nalsarovar Bird Sanctuary1
2021-02-06 21:51Nalsarovar--Boating Point2
2021-02-27 16:01Nalsarovar--Flamingo Sankul2
2021-02-15 14:00Virpur Panjrapol Carcass Dump1
2021-02-21 17:40Nalsarovar Outskirts--Aniyali1
2021-02-21 08:00Thol Bird Sanctuary
2021-02-17 17:02Limbasi-Vastana Rd2
2021-02-13 15:20Sant Sarovar1
2021-02-12 11:18Sultanpur Wetland1
2021-02-15 16:56Burmapada near Bhuigoan beach1
2021-02-25 07:30Merces, Near Suruchi beach1
2021-02-07 15:13Gogte saltpans vasai1
2021-02-20 07:15Umela swamps, Vasai1
2021-02-18 08:52Timbi Lake1
2021-03-02 07:30Bhopar grasslands, Thane2
2021-02-07 07:30Gavdevi Mandir, Kharad-Malang1
2021-02-07 07:30Haji Malang1
2021-02-28 15:00Haji Malang1
2021-02-21 08:22Menar Lake1
2021-03-02 07:11Tal Chhapar Sanctuary3
2021-03-03 13:28Jhal Thikriwala1
2021-02-13 06:40Sambhar Lake1
2021-02-07 08:15Kapurwadi lake1
2021-02-05 10:25Ashapur, Madhya Pradesh, IN (22.499, 75.741)1
2021-02-21 07:00Ranthambore Nation Park Zone 61
2021-02-03 20:47Sultanpur Flats1
2021-02-28 08:15Budhera WTP, Gurgaon1
2021-02-21 09:00Najafgarh Jheel Area
2021-02-28 08:30Basai Wetland1
2021-02-07 06:54Alamatti Backwaters--Herkal ಆಲಮಟ್ಟಿ ಹಿನ್ನೀರು--ಹೆರ್ಕಲ್1
2021-02-21 08:00Yamuna Khadar, Wazirabad1
2021-02-19 14:59Dhanauri Wetlands1
2021-02-18 07:03Corbett NP--Dhikala1
2021-02-21 14:30Padariya1
2021-02-19 16:56Kanha Tiger Reserve1
2021-02-24 06:29Kanha NP--Kanha Zone1
2021-02-04 16:30NTPC, Seepat, Bilaspur1