* Tail long; graduated.
Head, neck, and back, cinereous; a black band beneath the eyes: under parts white.
L. Excubitor, Temm. Man. d'Orn. torn. i. p. 142. Cinereous Shrike, Mont. Orn. Diet, and Supp. Selb. Illust. vol. i. p. 148. pl. 43. f. 1. Bew. Brit. Birds, vol. i. p. 71.
Entire length ten inches: length of the bill (from the forehead) eight lines, (from the gape) one inch; of the tarsus one inch; of the tail four inches three lines; from the carpus to the end of the wing four inches six lines: breadth, wings extended, fourteen inches.
(Male). Upper plumage, including the head neck and back, ash gray; scapulars, rump, and upper tail-coverts, somewhat paler: a black band beneath the eye, commencing at the base of the upper mandible, and extending beyond the orifice of the ear: under parts pure white: wings black; primaries white at the base; secondaries tipped with white: tail cuneiform, of twelve feathers; the two middle ones black; the two next tipped with white; the others with the white portion gradually increasing to the outermost feather, which is almost wholly white: bill and feet black: irides blackish brown. (Female). Upper plumage resembling that of the male, but the colours more obscure: under parts dirty white, with numerous crescent-shaped dusky lines. (Egg). Light bluish white; the larger end nearly covered with spots of two shades of light brown and ash: long. diam. one inch one line; trans, diam. nine lines and a half.
A migratory, and not abundant species: visits this country sparingly towards the end of Autumn, departing in the Spring. Feeds on small birds, mice, insects, etc. Transfixes its prey when killed upon a thorn before devouring it. Builds in trees, and lays from five to seven eggs.
** Tail short; even, or slightly rounded.