Tag: Lanius minor

Do melanin-based tail patterns predict individual quality and sex in Lesser Grey Shrikes Lanius minor ?

Lesser Grey Shrike (Lanius minor) Science Article 3 abstract In many bird species, males display colourful, usually carotenoid or structurally based plumage ornaments. On the other hand, there are many bird species and entire avian genera that are achromatic, i.e. with predominantly white, grey and black plumage colours. Achromatic plumage is a typical feature in […]

Male shrikes punish unfaithful females

Lesser Grey Shrike (Lanius minor) Science Article 2 abstract The costs to females of participating in extrapair copulations is an interesting but hitherto neglected topic in behavioral ecology. An obvious potential cost to females is male physical sanctions. However, although retaliation and punishment by male partners has been proposed as a basic cost for female […]

Vineyards harbour a relict population of Lesser Grey Shrike (Lanius minor) in Mediterranean France

Lesser Grey Shrike (Lanius minor) Science Article 1 abstract Modem agriculture contributed to the decline of many bird species through habitat degradation or habitat loss during the second half of the 20th century in western Europe. Areas where traditional agriculture has been maintained still allow many species to breed and survive, some of them now […]

Lesser Grey Shrike (Lanius minor)

[order] PASSERIFORMES | [family] Laniidae | [latin] Lanius minor | [UK] Lesser Grey Shrike | [FR] Pie-grieche a poitrine rose | [DE] Schwarzstirn-Wurger | [ES] Alcaudon chico | [NL] Kleine Klapekster Subspecies Monotypic species Physical charateristics Medium-sized to large but not strikingly long shrike, with rather stubby bill, apparently black face-mask, wide white bar across […]