The Long-tailed Shrike is a member of the bird family Laniidae. The species is commonly found across Asia. They are found in scrub, grassland and open land under cultivation. The breeding season is in summer in the temperate ranges. The nest is a deep and loose cup made up of thorny twigs, rags and hair.
The dark mask through the eye is broad and covers the forehead in most subspecies and the whole head is black in subspecies tricolor and nasutus. The tail is narrow and graduated with pale rufous on the outer feathers. The sexes are alike in plumage.