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Red-backed Shrike

Lanius collurio


The Red-backed Shrike, nicknamed "Butcher bird" is a carnivorous passerine bird and member of the shrike family Laniidae. Typical shrike appearance, with grey head and black mask across the eyes. Male has a reddish coat (pictured), while the female and young birds have brownish coats. Underparts are reddish-creamy-white or dirty-white in color.


Mediterranean vegetation, a row of trees very close to the sea.


It hunts from prominent perches like all shrikes (pictured). It earned the nickname "Butcher bird", because, like many other shrikes (all?) impales its prey on thorns or barbed wire as a store.

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Zlatan Celebic
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Zlatan Celebic


Spotted on Jun 15, 2015
Submitted on Jun 15, 2015

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