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Northern Shrike - (Lanius excubitor) 



  • Medium-sized, stocky, grey songbird
  • Black on wings and tail
  • Thick black eye stripe
  • White patch on wings and white on
         sides of tail
  • Lightly barred below
  • Juvenile brownish with darker barring
  • 10" (25 cm.)


  • Open or brushy areas

Additional Information

  • Uncommon migrant and winter resident
  • Predatory songbird
  • Eats small birds and mammals
  • Sometimes caches food by impaling it on
         thorns or barbed wire

Northern Shrike sitting on a wire

Northern Shrike as seen from below 


Kickapoo Valley Reserve | S3661 State Highway 131 | La Farge, Wisconsin 54639 
Phone: 608-625-2960 | FAX: 608-625-2962

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