The Long-tailed Shrike is the most common shrike species in south Asia. It's three subspecies are distributed from Afghanistan to the Philippines. The shrike is also called the butcher bird because of its habit of impaling its prey on thorns. The erythronotus subspecies, Lanius schach erythronotus, is found across northern India. This female was photographed on the winter afternoon in the Himalayan foothills.