LOGGERHEAD SHRIKE: RAPTOR IN ‘SONGBIRD CLOTHING’

Loggerhead Shrikes are nicknamed Butcherbird (not to be confused with true butcherbirds of Australia). An apt moniker as demonstrated by the shrike and unfortunate grasshopper below. Loggerhead Shrikes are song birds that are Raptor-mini-me’s. Skilled hunters from perches, they use their strong hooked beaks’ “tomial teeth”, pointy projections on the upper cutting edge, to dispatch […]

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LOGGERHEAD SHRIKES: MINI-RAPTORS (OR NOT)

Loggerhead Shrike Hunting From Rusty Barbed Wire Fence

I’ve been fascinated by Loggerhead Shrikes since I first saw one. Their Butcher Bird nickname, earned by impaling their prey on barbed wire and other sharp objects, certainly contributes to the fascination. They quite literally fight above their weight using interesting behaviors & a little mechanical engineering. They use their Tomial “tooth”, a beak feature […]

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