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Great Grey Shrike

Lanius meridionalis

Description:

The race L. m. meridionalis is resident in southern Europe and north Africa. It is slightly smaller and darker than the Great Grey Shrike, and prefers dry open country.This medium-sized passerine bird eats large insects, small birds and rodents. Like other shrikes it hunts from prominent perches, and impales corpses on thorns or barbed wire as a "larder". This was observed in Playa de Tamarit, Santa Pola, Alicante. It was flying around the telephone cables that cross the area.

Habitat:

In this case, shoreline field.

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3 Comments

Bernadette S
Bernadette S 9 years ago

Yes, that one also looks like it could be a Great Grey. Here's my spotting of a Lesser Grey that shows the black forehead:
http://www.projectnoah.org/spottings/140...

The MnMs
The MnMs 9 years ago

Bernadette, you may be right so I changed the spotting name. What do you think about the previous spotting I have?
http://www.projectnoah.org/spottings/104...

Bernadette S
Bernadette S 9 years ago

Marta~ Do you think this could be a Great Grey or Southern Grey Shrike? From what I've been reading the Lesser Grey has a broader black band across its forehead, not just the the mask through the eye. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Great_Grey_...

The MnMs
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Santa Pola, Comunitat Valenciana, Spain

Spotted on Apr 8, 2012
Submitted on Apr 27, 2012

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