Lesser Grey Shrike (Breeding plumage)
Lesser Grey Shrike
Lesser Grey Shrike
Scientific Name 
Lanius minor
Arabic Name 
الصرد الرمادي الصغير
Kuwaiti name 
حمامي حساوي
20.0 cm
Least Concern


Uncommon passage migrant and rare summer visitor. Usually seen in small numbers or loose flocks on passage. Exceptionally, larger groups are recorded; up to 60 in early May 2008.
Where in Kuwait 
During passage it occurs in a range of habitats, but is usually found in in semi-deserts, cultivated areas, parks and inland wetlands
In the world 
It has an extremely large range and the population is suspected to be in decline owing to a multitude of possible ongoing threats. It breeds in southeastern Europe and into Asia. It is medium-sized migratory passerine and eats large insects, especially beetles, small birds, frogs and lizards. Like other shrikes it hunts from prominent perches, and impales corpses on thorns or barbed wire as a "larder".
Local threats 
Indiscriminate shooting and pesticides