Woodchat Shrike (Male)
Woodchat Shrike (Immature)
Woodchat Shrike (Male)
Scientific Name 
Lanius senator
Arabic Name 
الدغناش الشامي
Kuwaiti name 
18.0 cm
Least Concern


Uncommon passage migrant; has bred in Kuwait. This is a characteristic Mediterranean shrike. In 2004 a pair nested on an acacia in Sabah Al-Ahmad Natural Reserve, the first breeding occurrence for the species in Kuwait and Arabia.
Where in Kuwait 
It is found on passage in open desert areas preferably with some bare or sandy ground.
In the world 
It has an extremely large range with a population is estimated to be declining following widespread declines late in the 20th century owing to an array of factors.It breeds in southern Europe, the Middle East and northwest Africa, and winters in tropical Africa. Like other shrikes it hunts from prominent perches, and impales corpses on thorns or barbed wire as a "larder".
Local threats 
Indiscriminate shooting and pesticides