The first record of the Siberian northern shrike (Lanius borealis sibiricus) in Lithuania with molecular confirmation

  • Vytautas Eigirdas
  • Vesta Jonikė
Keywords: Siberian northern shrike, Lanius borealis sibiricus, Lithuania, first record


Climate change significantly affects biological diversity around the world. Trends of this phenomenon have also been noticed in Lithuania: in the past decades, 55 new bird species have been recorded. The recent record of a new species was done on 3 December 2019. During ordinary birds ringing carried out in Ventės Ragas Ornithological Station in Lithuania, an individual Siberian northern shrike (Lanius borealis sibiricus) was caught and ringed. Additional blood sample was collected for species confirmation. Based on identification keys and molecular mitochondrial cytochrome b analysis, we report that this is the first record of the Siberian northern shrike in Lithuania.
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