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Long-tailed Shrike Lanius schach 'fuscatus'  
Long-tailed Shrike
Photographer : © Brian Ivon Jones
Location :Lian'anwei, Haifeng, Guangdong, China
Date : 11 February 2012
English synonyms:Schach Shrike, Rufous-backed Shrike, Black-capped Shrike (tricolor), Black-headed Shrike (tricolor), Rufous-rumped Shrike, Southern Rufous-rumped Shrike, Dusky Shrike, Indian Long-tailed Shrike (erythronotus, caniceps), Himalayan Long-tailed Shrike (tricolor, longicaudatus), Chinese Long-tailed Shrike (schach), Sunda Long-tailed Shrike (bentet), Philippine Long-tailed Shrike (nasutus, suluensis, stresemanni)
Bird Family :Laniidae - Shrikes
Red Data Status :Least Concern
Remarks :This bird appears to be a unique aberrant form of the ssp. fuscatus. None of the Hong Kong birders have seen anything similar. The bird was overall sooty black without the usual contrast between head, wing coverts and body. It had a pale green beak instead of dark grey. It showed a distinct white inner panelling on the primary flight feathers at rest, as well as white on the underside of the primary tips and underwing, vent and upper tail, which is not found in either Lanius schach schach or L. s. fuscatus. - BIJ

The melanistic form 'fuscatus' is apparently widespread in Hainan, Guangdong and SE Fujian. - Ed

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