Bull-headed Shrike

Bull-headed Shrike
Bull-headed Shrike Lanius bucephalus bucephalus, male, Cape Nanhui (30.953020, 121.959238), Shanghai, October. Rufous crown is characteristic. Grey back further distinguishes from Red-tailed Shrike Lanius phoenicuroides. (Craig Brelsford)
Bull-headed Shrike
First-winter male bucephalus, Haiyin Temple (32.560285, 121.039780), Yangkou-Rudong, Jiangsu, China, September. (Craig Brelsford)
Bull-headed Shrike
Bull-headed Shrike L. b. bucephalus, Cape Nanhui, Shanghai, October. In non-breeding bucephalus, pale base to lower mandible (inset) present on both sexes. This is most likely an adult female. Note lack of black facial mask and striking rusty-orange coloration. Nominate breeds northeast China, the Russian Far East, Korea, and Japan and is a passage migrant in Shanghai. A little-known western ssp., sicarius, breeds Gansu, Sichuan, and Hubei. (Craig Brelsford)

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