Volume 2015, Issue 1
  • E-ISSN: 2223-506X


We report, for the first time, evidence of predation by a shrike ( sp.) on the lizard This is the first record of predation by shrikes on lizards in Qatar. Whilst we did not directly observe the event, the presence of shrikes in the area and the method of impalement indicate shrikes as the predator. The lizard was found freshly impaled on a palm tree (), at 150 cm above ground. Bird species of the genus are well-known predators of lizards, and in arid environments reptiles are likely common prey for these birds. We provide a review of literature concerning predatory events by shrikes on reptiles and amphibians. We suggest inspection of shrubs for animals impaled by shrikes can improve biodiversity inventories, complementing other commonly used methods.


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  • Article Type: Research Article
Keyword(s): biodiversity , impaling behavior , Lanius , predator prey interactions and reptile
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