Northern Shrike Identification

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Adult Description

  • Medium-sized songbird.
  • Gray back.
  • Whitish throat and chest.
  • Black mask.
  • Large head.
  • Medium-long tail.
  • Stout bill with hook at end.
  • Wings black with white patch.
  • Tail black with white outer feathers.

Immature Description

Similar to adult, but more brownish, with more distinct barring on chest, and less distinct mask.
Relative Size

Relative Sizerobin sizedrobin-sized
  • Both Sexes
    • Length: 9.1-9.4 in (23-24 cm)
    • Weight: 2.0-2.8 oz (56-79 g)
    • Wingspan: 11.8-13.8 in (30-35 cm)