The upright posture, robust proportions and prominent, hooked bill of last month's mystery passerine (plate 73, repeated here) clearly indicate a shrike Lanius. As the body feathers and wing-coverts lack pronounced scaling and subterminal contour lines, the bird is in adult or near-adult plumage (the vestigial and uneven malar and breast markings, with uneven-textured underpart feathers, and the pr


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