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Shrikes and Wood-swallow

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Shrikes
Shrikes are medium-sized, trimly-built birds of predatory habits and fierce aspect, with a hooked and hawk-like bill and a long graduated tail; most species have a broad black band through the eyes and perch conspicuously in open country slowly swaying their tails (no other birds wave their tails about like the shrikes); at intervals they fly down to seize a morsel off the ground, or fly off to another perch with characteristic harsh swearing note. (Smythies, The Birds of Borneo, 1999)

Wood-swallows
The swallow-shrikes or woodswallows are found in South-East Asia and Australasia, and are represented by one species in our area. They resemble the shrikes in having a powerful conical bill which is gently curved though neither hooked nor notched. Members of the family possess powder-down feathers, and have brush-tipped tongues. (Smythies, The Birds of Borneo, 1999)

Photographed Species
Family Laniidae (Shrikes)
(Lanius cristatus) Brown Shrike
(Lanius schach) Long-tailed Shrike
(Lanius tigrinus) Tiger Shrike

Family Artamidae (Woodswallows)
(Artamus leucorhynchus) White- Breasted Woodswallow
(Artamus leucorhynchus) White- Breasted Woodswallow
(Artamus leucorhynchus)
White- Breasted Woodswallow
(Artamus leucorhynchus) White- Breasted Woodswallow
(Artamus leucorhynchus)
White- Breasted Woodswallow
(Artamus leucorhynchus) White- Breasted Woodswallow
(Artamus leucorhynchus)
White- Breasted Woodswallow
(Lanius cristatus) Brown Shrike
(Lanius cristatus)
Brown Shrike
(Lanius schach bentet) Long-tailed Shrike
(Lanius schach bentet)
Long-tailed Shrike
(Lanius schach bentet) Long-tailed Shrike
(Lanius schach bentet)
Long-tailed Shrike
(Lanius schach bentet) Long-tailed Shrike
(Lanius schach bentet)
Long-tailed Shrike
(Lanius tigrinus) Tiger Shrike
(Lanius tigrinus)
Tiger Shrike
(Lanius tigrinus) Tiger Shrike
(Lanius tigrinus)
Tiger Shrike