Loggerhead Shrike

(Lanius ludovicianus)

               
Conservation Status

IUCN Red List

LC - Least Concern

 

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NatureServe

N4 - Apparently Secure

S2B - Imperiled Breeding

Minnesota

Endangered

Species in Greatest Conservation Need

Occurrence

Rare to occasionally uncommon migrant, rare and local breeder

Habitat

Shortgrass prairies and abandoned agricultural fields with shrubs, small trees, fences, or other perching sites.

Size

8 to 10in length

12 wingspan


Identification

A black mask extends over the eye and across the face over the bill. There is no white stripe over the eye.

 
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Similar
Species

Northern Mockingbird (Mimus polyglottos) is slimmer and has a slimmer bill. It does not have a black mask.

Northern Shrike (Lanius excubitor) is only seen in Minnesota in winter. The black mask does not extend across the face over the bill. The stripe over the eye is white.


Food

Mostly large insects but also small birds, rodents, shrews, amphibians, and reptiles.

 
Nesting

 

 
Migration

Early March to late April and August to late September


Comments

Conservation Status
In 1984, the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) classified the Loggerhead Shrike an endangered species. In 2013, the DNR elevated its status to endangered.


Taxonomy

Order:

Passeriformes (perching birds)

 

Family:

Lanidae (shrikes)

 
Subordinate Taxa

Grinnell’s Loggerhead Shrike (Lanius ludovicianus grinnelli)

Island Loggerhead Shrike (Lanius ludovicianus anthonyi)

Loggerhead Shrike (Lanius ludovicianus ludovicianus)

Loggerhead Shrike (Lanius ludovicianus mexicanus)

Loggerhead Shrike (Lanius ludovicianus miamensis)

Migrant Loggerhead Shrike (Lanius ludovicianus migrans)

San Clemente Loggerhead Shrike (Lanius ludovicianus mearnsi)

Western Loggerhead Shrike (Lanius ludovicianus excubitorides)

 
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  World's Weirdest - Cute Bird Impales Its Prey
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Published on Jun 15, 2012

World's Weirdest: Freaks of the Sky : SUN OCT 14 at 4P et/pt : http://animals.nationalgeographic.com

It might look like a lightweight, but the shrike is a stone-cold killer. The thorns of the acacia tree are perfect for impaling prey, and they double as a pantry. Lizard on the barbie, anyone?

 
     
  The Audubon Moment - The Loggerhead Shrike
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Published on May 19, 2014

Loggerhead Shrikes are the little song birds that act like much larger birds of prey. Instead of killing with talons like a raptor, these birds kill with their beaks. Victims are then impaled on a thorn to be eaten, piece by piece. At least he looks cute!

 
     
  Loggerhead Shrike - (Lanius ludovicianus)
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Uploaded on Feb 20, 2012

Loggerhead Shrike - (Lanius ludovicianus) By: Mark H. Vance - Be sure to check out all of Mark's bird videos at http://www.youtube.com/markinsrq5 Please subscribe if you like birds, many more great videos to come! Thanks

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  Loggerhead Shrike impaled small snake on barbed wire
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  Loggerhead Shrike - Lanius ludovicianus
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Published on Jun 25, 2013

Loggerhead Shrike ( Lanius ludovicianus ) video taken on Antelope Island Utah 6-10-2013

 
     

 

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