Local Name (Spain): Alcaudón común ("Common Shrike")
Featured Subspecies: Lanius senator senator
This handsome little bird is found throughout the Mediterranean and occassionally found as a vagrant most years in the UK. It is fairly distinctive from the other European Shrikes - with bold chestnut markings on the head and no distinctive back colour unlike the other species. Luis spotted this bird perched on a wire as we were driving along the road towards Patones.
Subspecies: L .s senator, L. s. badius, L. s. niloticus
- Sighting Locations -
SPAIN - Widespread in low densities.- MADRID 2015 TRIP: Single individual seen on a wire near Torrelaguna.
- MADRID 2016 TRIP: Individuals seen at various points including El Pardo and the roads approaching Monfrague.
Further Notes: RSPB, Wikipedia, BirdGuides, BirdForum Opus, Arkive, IUCN Red List