Crows, Monarchs & Shrikes

Crows and jays are a cosmopolitan family belonging to the Corvidae that form the core corvid group. They inhabit the forest, woodland, garden, and urban environments.

Monarch-flycatchers from the Monarchidae family are Old World tropical and temperate region Passeri that inhabit forests, woodlands including cultivated areas, mangroves, and savanna. All featured species photographed in Australia and Singapore.

Shrikes belong to the Laniidae family preferring open country and bushy areas in Africa and most parts of the northern hemisphere. I photographed the featured species in Singapore’s parks.

Crows, Ravens and Jays

Crow, Raven and Jay Notes

All featured species are ‘Red List 2019’ assessed as ‘Least Concern’; Endemic species include the Australian little crow together with the little and forest ravens.

I photograph the crow family on an opportunity basis. These are the most intelligent species of birds; some are habitual so easy approached while others can be skittish.

Monarch-flycatchers and Shrikes

Shrike and Monarch-flycatcher Notes

Six species of Monarch-flycatchers feature that I mostly photographed in Australia with one species in Singapore. There is a significant difference in the size and appearance of this family as seen by comparing the magpie-lark weighing in at 60g to 90g and broad-billed flycatcher at 12g. Two different subspecies of magpie-lark feature including male and female images of both subspecies.


The gallery shows three shrike species from the same genera that include an immature tiger shrike; the others are adults all photographed in Singapore.

Crow Behaviours

Crow Behaviour Notes

The Australian Raven was foraging on the ground, became startled by my presence and squawked. A white-bellied sea-eagle immature bird being chased by four house crows at Sungei Buloh Wetland Reserve in Singapore.