Northern Shrike

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Northern Shrike

Lanius borealis
  • ORDER: Passeriformes
  • FAMILY: Laniidae
Basic Description

A predatory songbird, the Northern Shrike breeds in taiga and tundra and winters in southern Canada and the northern United States. It feeds on small birds, mammals, and insects, sometimes impaling them on spines or barbed wire fences.

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Other Names
  • Alcaudón Boreal (Spanish)
  • Pie-grièche boréale (French)
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