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Rufous-brown above and creamy to pink below. Looks 'long' in flight.
The red-backed shrike was a fairly common summer visitor to the UK 50 years ago but is now only a sporadic breeder. It can still be seen on passage. It still breeds - though often at low density - in parts of southern and eastern Europe as well as Germany, Norway and Sweden. According to The Birds of the Western Palearctic - Concise Edition there were an estimated 20,00 - 210,000 pairs in Ukraine in 1986, and the population is fairly stable. Its range extends east to western Siberia, and also to north-west Iran.
The birds winter in tropical and southern Africa.
Heathland, overgrown hedges and ditches.
Nests in trees, bushes or bramble thickets.
The diet includes large insects, small birds, voles and lizards.
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