A couple of Shrikes seen in Oman last week. Of aprox. 25 "isabellines" studied well, only 2 seemed straightforward phoenicuroides, the rest looking much more isabellinus like. However, several other birds were quite difficult, looking intermediate between the 2 taxons, and we had lo leave them unidentified...
Shrike number 1 looks like , in my opinion, good for phoenicuroides (obvious barring on the flanks, fairly good upperparts colour, whitish throat, etc...), but the contrast between the white suppercilium and the brownish cap isnt as striking as expected, specially when seen head-on, and the brown colour of the back/wings isnt as dark as on some birds... still, phoenicuroides to me. what do you think?
Shrike number 2. No white primary patch, white throat, buffy flanks and belly, grey head, brown back/wings... hybrid with red backed?