Masked Shrike (Female)
Masked Shrike (Male)
Masked Shrike (Male)
Scientific Name 
Lanius nubicus
Arabic Name 
الدغناش القطبي
Kuwaiti name 
18.0 cm
Least Concern


Common passage migrant, rare winter and summer visitor. An elegant shrike that is rather elusive, and more partial to trees, bushes and greenery than most of the other shrikes.
Where in Kuwait 
It is a small and slender and relatively secretive species with striking and distinctive colouration. It is often associated with big, isolated trees and tends to avoid very open areas and human habitation, although it is frequently observed around cultivated land
In the world 
A migratory species with an extremely large range with a population that is estimated to be declining following widespread declines late in the 20th century owing to an array of factors. It occurs throughout the Balkan Peninsula and Turkey, south to countries bordering the eastern Mediterranean Sea, including Cyprus and the northernmost parts of the Arabian Peninsula, northern Iraq and western Iran. Non-breeding populations of this species occurs in sub-Saharan Africa and the Arabian Peninsula. it forages using a ‘sit and wait’ strategy, taking up a hunting perch on the branch of a bush or tree,
Local threats 
Indiscriminate shooting and pesticides