Upper plumage variegated with black, white, and ferruginous: under parts white: second quill equal to the fifth: tail slightly rounded.
L. rufus, Temm. Man. d'Orn. torn. i. p. 146. Wood-Chat, Bew. Brit. Birds, vol. i. p. 377. Selb. Illust. vol. i. p. 153. pl. 100. f. 1. Wood-Shrike, Mont. Orn. Diet. Supp.
Entire length seven inches five lines.
Forehead, region of the eyes and ears, and upper part of the back, black: occiput and nape ferruginous: scapulars white: wings black; quills white at the base; some of them also edged and tipped with white: rump gray: under parts pure white: tail with the two outermost feathers wholly white, excepting a black spot at the base of the inner web; the two next with the black spot of larger size, and on both webs; the rest black, tipped with white; the two middle ones wholly black. (Female). Colours more obscure: occiput and nape streaked with brown: the black on the back approaching to that colour: under parts dirty white; the breast with transverse brown lines. (Egg). Pale bluish white; the larger end spotted with hair-brown and ash-gray: long. diam. eleven lines; trans, diam. eight lines.
Extremely rare in this country. Has been killed in the neighbourhood of Canterbury, and near Swaffham in Norfolk. In the latter locality, it has been observed to breed more than once. Feeds on insects. Places its nest in the forked branches of bushes.