31 January, 2010

Great Grey Shrike

Scientific Name: Lanius excubitor

Population Estimate: 1M to 10M

Range / Habitat: Solitary, predatory bird on prominent perches. Found year-round in southern Alaska. Summers north and east in the subarctic. Winters extending down into Canada and the northern US.

Field Notes: Noticeably long tail, thin black mask, hooked bill. Loggerhead Shrike has a more southerly range and is smaller with larger mask and all black bill. Northern Mockingbird also is more southerly in range with thin dark eye stripe, no mask.

Personal Notes: Also known as the Northern Shrike. Only a winter visitor to Minnesota. Can hover when hunting.

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