Black upperparts, crown, and eye-mask; white face and shoulder patch; white underparts with orangish flanks; black bill with a sharp, curved tip. Females are paler.
Impales large prey on sharp thorns to tear into them.
Masked shrikes feed on small birds, insects, rodents, and lizards.
Migrates south through Jordan in autumn and north in spring. Some breed in Jordan in summer. Common in spring in wooded areas and orchards of the Northern Highlands, including Amman. A few occur farther south in Petra and Wadi Rum. Builds nests in trees.