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Northern Shrike Identification

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The Four Keys to ID

  • Size & Shape

    A fairly large songbird with a thick neck and a large, rounded head with a thick, hooked bill. It has short wings and a long, rounded tail.

    Relative Size

    Slightly larger than a Loggerhead Shrike, smaller than a Blue Jay.

    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)