Bird Families

Indian Shrike / Lanius vittatus

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JULAN (Lanius collurio), a bird of the shrike family. The average length is 17 cm. Distributed in Eurasia, in the Russian Federation - to the east to Tomsk and Nerchinsk. Migrant. It nests on forest edges or clearings, in the south - in the steppe in thickets of bushes. Singing - melodic chirping, including imitation of the voices of other birds. Similar species also live in the CIS - Siberian shrike (Lanius cristatus), in Siberia and the Far East, and the Indian shrike (Lanius vittatus), in Central Asia.

Zhulan (Lanius collurio)

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Zhulan

songbird of the shrike family. Slightly larger than a sparrow (length about 20 cm, weighs about 30 r). The plumage is dominated by red and light tones, a dark stripe passes through the eye. Males are brighter than females. Zh. Is widespread in Europe and Western Asia. Lives on forest edges, clearings, in shelter belts. Usually nests in bushes, in clutch of 5-6 spotted eggs. Imitates the singing of different birds. It feeds on insects, less often lizards, chicks, small animals, which are sometimes planted with headless ones in reserve on knots (fig.). Winters in South and Central Africa. Siberian Zh. (L. cristatus) is widespread in eastern USSR; Indian Zh. (L. vittatus) was found in southern Turkmenistan (Badkhyz).

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