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Great Grey Shrike
Alternative name: Northern Shrike
22-26 cm. Adult
Northern Palearctic, Holarctic, and Oriental regions.
Polytypic. Consists of nine subspecies.
Upland forests and bogs.
Diet includes small mammals and birds and it often stores uneaten prey by impaling it on thorns. This habit has earned it the nickname "butcher bird". Northern Shrikes commonly hunt from a very high perch usually a tall tree top.
A complex and variable medley of short liquid trills, whistles, chatter and harsh notes and often mimic the calls and songs of other birds such as Blue Jays, Gray Catbirds, American Robins, and Song Sparrows.
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A harsh shek-shek, grating jaaeg, rapid rasping aak...aak, a sharp metallic beek.
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