Northern Shrike

Lanius excubitor 

Found in the prairies during winter
Grey backs with white chests and black masks
Predatory songbird that hunts small birds and mammals

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.


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