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The long-tailed shrike or rufous-backed shrike (Lanius schach) is a typical shrike, favouring dry open habitats and found perched prominently atop a bush or on a wire. Although there are considerable differences in plumage among the subspecies, they all have a long and narrow black tail, have a black mask and forehead, rufous rump and flanks and a small white patch on the shoulder. The north Indian race erythronotus has the grey of the mantle and upper back suffused with rufous while the southern Indian caniceps has pure grey.
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