Giant Shrike

  • 13 May 2024

Physiotherapist spots giant shrike near Tawang, Arunachal Pradesh, marking first record in India.

  • Kapdi's sighting adds a new species to India's avian checklist, a significant discovery in the ornithological community.
  • Initially mistaken for a Great Grey Shrike or a magpie, Kapdi's curiosity led her to consult birdwatchers Salehin Md Habib and Ashwin Viswanathan.
  • Birdwatchers confirmed the bird's identity as a Giant Grey Shrike, a species not previously recorded in India.
  • The Giant Grey Shrike resembles the Chinese Grey Shrike but is larger and lacks distinct white eyebrows.
  • These birds inhabit high elevations and migrate to lower altitudes during winters.