With its bandit mask, the Southern Grey Shrike looks similar to the Great Grey Shrike, but the former prefers arid, open scrub areas and the latter grassland with sparse woodland.
Unlike the Lesser Grey, it doesn't have a black forehead. All hunt from a vantage point such as a bush or fence post. The Southern Grey is resident in southern Europe and North Africa.
Some authorities include the Steppe Grey
Shrike (see separate page) as a subspecies.