Red-backed shrike

Red-backed shrike

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Credit: JOHN DEVRIES/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption: Red-backed shrike (Lanius collurio) perched on a branch. This bird is a predatory songbird that has a hooked beak to feed on meat, but lacks the talons of a bird-of-prey. Shrikes share a similarity with butcherbirds (Cracticus sp.) where they impale their prey on plant thorns, or wedge it in the fork of a tree, to support it and store it for later consumption. Prey ranges from insects to worms and small birds, voles, or lizards. Photographed in Hungary in spring.

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