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Red-backed shrike

Red-backed shrike

C018/0851

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25.5 MB (2.4 MB compressed)

3658 x 2439 pixels

31.0 x 20.6 cm ⏐ 12.2 x 8.1 in (300dpi)

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Credit

BILDAGENTUR-ONLINE / MCPHOTO-SCHAEF / SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY BILDAGENTUR-ONLINE / MCPHOTO-SCHAEF / SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption

Red-backed shrike (Lanius collurio) perched on a bush. 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.

Release details

Model release not required. Property release not required.

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