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Great Grey Shrike

Lanius meridionalis


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.


In this case, shoreline field.

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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:

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?

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.

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Santa Pola, Comunitat Valenciana, Spain

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

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