The Southern Grey Shrike, ''Lanius meridionalis'', is a member of the shrike family.
It is closely related to the Great Grey Shrike, ''Lanius excubitor'', with which it used to be considered conspecific; where they co-occur, they do not interbreed and are separated by choice of habitat.
The race ''L. m. meridionalis'' is resident in southern Europe and north Africa. It is slightly smaller and darker than the Great Grey Shrike, and prefers dry open country.
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