A bird in the cage is worth a hundred at large

A bird in the cage is worth a hundred at large.

An Italian proverb

Northern Shrike

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Great Grey Shrike (Northern Shrike)

The Great Grey Shrike (Lanius excubitor) is a member of the shrike family.

The Great Grey Shrike breeds in northern Europe and Asia, and in North America in northern Canada and Alaska (where it known as the Northern Shrike).

Identification Tips:
• Length: 8 inches
• Heavy, hooked bill with a pale base to lower mandible
• Black cheeks
• Pale gray head and back
• White underparts with faint gray barring
• Black wings with white wing patches
• Black tail with white outer tail feathers
• Juveniles and immatures are browner and duller

This bird has a characteristic upright attitude perched on the topmost branch of a tree or a telegraph pole. The keen eye of the watchful “sentinel” misses nothing that moves.

Typically, half the prey of this bird consists of small mammals.

 

 

A bird in the cage is worth a hundred at large.

 

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