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
2020-01-28 17:10Doñana PN--Marisma de El Rocío1
2020-02-15 11:40Be'et Shean Valley--general area עמק בית שאן אזור כללי1
2020-02-20 08:30Kfar Ruppin fishponds בריכות כפר רופין1
2020-02-06 16:00Murchison Falls NP--north side (Paraa to Albert Nile swamps)2
2020-02-09 17:04Serengeti NP--Kubu Kubu Tented Lodge1
2020-02-11 16:07Ngorongoro Conservation Area--Lake Ndutu1
2020-01-31 07:20Abidjatta-Shalla NP1
2020-02-16 10:45Lake Manyara NP--Migunga Tented Camp1
2020-02-03 08:00Nairobi NP2
2020-02-16 06:59Awash NP--Lodge and Falls1
2020-02-17 17:07Awash NP--southern section2
2020-02-20 07:00Tarangire NP1
2020-02-04 06:53Aledeghi Wildlife Reserve1
2020-02-03 07:21Amboseli NP8
2020-01-27 07:30Al Kharma (الخرماء) (undisclosed area)1
2020-02-24 06:57Sagala Lodge/Ndara Ranch1
2020-02-15 09:20Abraq Al-Habari1
2020-02-22 07:26Al Ha'ir (الحائر)5
2020-02-22 10:08Al Jahra Pools Natural Reserve (Restricted access)2
2020-02-02 15:19Hoor Al-azim--Lagoon 41
2020-02-13 07:11Sulaybiya Pivot Fields - Northern Section (Restricted Access)2
2020-02-16 09:50Sabah Al-Ahmad Nature Reserve (No Access)2
2020-02-14 10:43Al-Shaheed Park1
2020-02-12 14:22Wafra Farms2
2020-02-12 08:24Adan Park2
2020-02-15 07:20Al-Nuwaiseeb - Rubbish Dumps1
2020-01-31 10:41Shirvan NP--General Area1
2020-02-07 08:04Al Asfar Lake (بحيرة الأصفر)10
2020-01-28 09:01Arikhiya Farm4
2020-01-29 10:00Aspire Park1
2020-01-29 08:41Al Khor--Purple Island1
2020-02-15 15:10Lulu Island1
2020-02-14 11:24Abu Dhabi Golf and Equestrian Club1
2020-02-18 17:20Mushrif Palace Gardens1
2020-01-29 16:35Saadiyat Beach Golf Club (restricted access)1
2020-02-12 07:40Jubail Mangrove Park1
2020-02-22 07:55Al Wathba Wetland Reserve4
2020-02-14 09:35Raysut Lagoon1
2020-02-11 07:40West Khawr1
2020-02-23 14:00DIP--Eastern Desert Lakes1
2020-02-01 09:58Arabian Ranches--Al Reem1
2020-02-19 14:00Ra's al-Khor Wildlife Sanctuary--Flamingo Hide2
2020-02-20 09:00Ra's al-Khor Wildlife Sanctuary--Lagoon Hide1
2020-02-14 06:51Al Marmoom DCR--Al Qudra Pivots (no access)
2020-02-01 11:20Al Mamzar Park1
2020-02-15 07:09Al Marmoom DCR--Bustard Lake (no access)1
2020-02-19 16:17Ayn Hamran1
2020-02-01 10:30Al Warsan Lakes2
2020-02-21 12:36Mushrif National Park1
2020-02-22 16:40Al Zorah Golf Club1
2020-02-08 16:01Al-Zora Nursery1
2020-02-09 17:26Al-Zora Protected Area4
2020-02-02 12:30National Avian Research Center (NARC)1
2020-02-21 08:10Khor al-Beida1
2020-02-22 08:13Al Rafa'a2
2020-02-01 10:30Zakher Lake1
2020-02-05 16:35Al Tiwayyah fodder field1
2020-02-16 17:30Ain al-Fayda1
2020-02-25 06:30Private estate near Green Mubazzarah1
2020-02-21 07:00Wamm Farms2
2020-02-08 08:59Bandar Abbas--Jahad Park1
2020-02-22 16:32Wadi Wurayah NP--general area1
2020-01-30 08:02Al Mouj Golf Muscat3
2020-02-07 22:24Al Qurm Natural Park1
2020-02-03 15:50Fot Mahadev Scurb Forest1
2020-02-08 16:10Banni grassland2
2020-02-07 15:25Moti Aral1
2020-02-14 18:14Chhari Dhandh Conservation Reserve1
2020-02-18 12:01Narara Marine NP2
2020-02-15 13:16Epicenter Homestay, Lodai, Gujarat1
2020-02-17 06:30Banni Grasslands--Lodai3
2020-01-29 11:45Mokarsagar Wetland Complex1
2020-01-29 07:51Vibhapar2
2020-02-02 15:30Desert NP1
2020-02-20 16:00Desert NP--Sudasari Forest Check Point1
2020-01-26 17:06Adesar Bridge1
2020-02-21 16:30Little Rann of Kachchh2
2020-02-16 09:35Saladi Tank2
2020-02-12 07:05Little Rann of Kachchh--Zainabad Edge3
2020-02-20 16:25Little Rann of Kachchh--Kharaghoda entry4
2020-02-24 07:30Little Rann of Kachchh--Bajana Entry
2020-02-22 07:25Little Rann of Kachchh--Nava Talav3
2020-02-23 15:15Little Rann of Kachchh--Bajana Creek2
2020-02-22 07:30Little Rann of Kachchh--Patdi Lake4
2020-02-13 11:35Rann Riders, Dasada1
2020-01-29 08:25Vadala Dam1
2020-02-17 12:27Nalsarovar Outskirts--Shahpur1
2020-02-23 07:38Nalsarovar Bird Sanctuary3
2020-02-14 07:15Velavadar NP2
2020-02-16 15:39Wetland in Velavadar NP1
2020-02-08 11:00Nalsarovar Outskirts--Adroda2
2020-02-08 16:30Kanjari Deer Sanctuary2
2020-02-21 07:30Avaniya Lake2
2020-02-16 08:20Thol Bird Sanctuary2
2020-02-09 10:30Sant Sarovar1
2020-02-07 10:00Menar Lake1
2020-02-13 07:33Tal Chhapar Sanctuary1
2020-02-24 17:00Tal Chhapar WLS--Gaushala Area1
2020-02-16 15:45Sonvad Reservoir, Dhule1
2020-02-16 13:37Khaira Bet1
2020-02-13 11:30Soorwal Lake1
2020-02-14 07:30Dighal1
2020-02-21 22:50Madothi jahjjar HR/IN1
2020-02-02 11:39Mundakhera Flat -- Jhajjar1
2020-02-22 11:05Sultanpur National Park1
2020-02-11 12:42Sultanpur Flats1
2020-02-01 08:00Kheda Mankrola HR/IN3
2020-02-15 10:30Amity University, Gurgaon--Herbal Garden1
2020-02-23 12:10Najafgarh Jheel Area1
2020-02-16 17:29Gudhiyari Wetlands, Raipur1