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Red-backed Shrike

Lanius collurio

Description:

The male of this beautiful small predatory bird is striking in its colours in early spring - red-brown mantle, very light colored, almost pale pink, belly and flanks, ash-grey head with that famous bandit mask. The female, (pic N° 6) is a bit more 'plain' in colours, and mainly brown in appearance.

Habitat:

Native eurasian bird and widespread through its range. Seen in montane grasslands & pastures, close to mixed and protected forest; feet of Jura mountain range.

Notes:

Nicknamed "butcher-bird" for its conspicuous "larder" making habit; as it impales its preys (larger insects or smaller reptiles) on thorns or barbed wire or other sharp objects...

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2 Comments

robert emond
robert emond 2 years ago

Fantastic Shrike series.

SukanyaDatta
SukanyaDatta 2 years ago

Lovely! Like a painting. Great shot.

Zlatan Celebic
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Zlatan Celebic

Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes, Tromelin Island

Spotted on May 30, 2019
Submitted on Jun 17, 2019

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