Northern Shrike Identification

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 Sizebetween sparrow and robinbetween sparrow and robin
  • 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)