Northern Shrike

(Lanius borealis)

Conservation Status
Northern Shrike
Photo by Laurie Wachholz
  IUCN Red List

LC - Least Concern

 
  NatureServe

N4B, N5N - Apparently Secure Breeding, Secure Nonbreeding

SNRN - Unranked Nonbreeding

 
  Minnesota

not listed

 
           
           
           
           
           
 
Description
 
 

 

 
     
 

Size

 
 

10¾ in length

14½ wingspan

 
     
 

Voice

 
   
     
 

Similar Species

 
 

Loggerhead Shrike (Lanius ludovicianus) is an occasional visitor in the summer and nests in Minnesota. It is very rare in the winter.

Northern Shrikes and Loggerhead Shrikes are similar in appearance and difficult to distinguish from the distance at which they are usually seen. They are best identified by the time of year they are spotted. If a shrike is seen in Minnesota in the winter, it is almost certainly a Northern Shrike. If it is seen in the summer, it is definitely a Loggerhead Shrike.

 
     
 
Habitat
 
 

Forest openings

 
     
 
Biology
 
 

Migration

 
 

Early October to late April

 
     
 

Nesting

 
 

 

 
     
 

Food

 
 

 

 
     
 
Distribution
 
 

Occurrence

 
 

Common migrant in winter, absent in summer

 
         
 

Maps

 
 

The Minnesota Ornithologists’ Union All Seasons Species Occurrence Map

 
         
 
Taxonomy
 
  Class Aves (birds)  
 

Order

Passeriformes (perching birds)  
 

Family

Lanidae (shrikes)  
 

Genus

Lanius (typical shrikes)  
       
 

Until recently, Northern Shrike was classified as a subspecies of the Great Grey Shrike (Lanius excubitor). It was reclassified as a separate species in 2017.

 
       
 

Subordinate Taxa

 
 

East Eurasian group

Altai Northern Shrike (Lanius borealis mollis)

Sakhalin Northern Shrike (Lanius borealis bianchii)

Siberian Northern Shrike (Lanius borealis sibiricus)

Tien Shan Northern Shrike (Lanius borealis funereus)

North American group

American Northern Shrike (Lanius borealis borealis)

Northwestern Shrike (Lanius borealis invictus)

 
       
 

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James Gordon

 
 

I saw 2 within 4 miles today , perching on overhead wires, and tree branches in ditch

 
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Laurie Wachholz

 
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Ahats 12-08-2012

 

 

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  RI birders in search of the northern shrike
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Published on Mar 14, 2012

11.9.2011 - Phil Budlong, a volunteer with the Audubon Society of Rhode Island's Kimball Wildlife Refuge, lead a group of avid of bird watchers on their weekly walk this week at the Ninigret Conservation Area at East Beach. They were on the hunt for the rare northern shrike, which had been seen earlier in the week. Instead they saw many yellow-rumped warbler.

Providence Journal video by Mary Murphy

   
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Published on Nov 3, 2012

No description available.

   
  Pie griéche grise ibérique- Northern Shrike iberique -
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Published on Apr 11, 2014

La pie grièche ibérique est en fait une pie grièche grise méridionale.

   
  Northern Shrike
Mike McDowell
 
   
 
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Uploaded on Dec 8, 2007

Northern Shrike hunting at Pheasant Branch Conservancy - Middleton, WI

December 8th, 2007

   
  Northern Shrike - Broemmelsiek Park
Andrew Reago
 
   
 
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Published on Mar 10, 2012

I digiscoped this Northern Shrike with my wife Chrissy McClarren (who spotted it) on 3/10/12 thanks to a call from Connie Alwood informing us that Chris Kirmaier had refound it. (And thanks to Shawn Clubb for discovering it in the first place.) We'd never been to this park in Missouri before. Cool! Meadowlarks, Mockingbirds, Bluebirds and Barred Owls abounded. It was fun helping another couple that birded together, Valerie and Phil Ross, find what turned out to be a lifer for them. And it was most fun sharing the experience with the company of Jim Malone.

   

 

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  James Gordon
11/11/2021

Location: Big Swan Lake, Dassel, Mn 55325

I saw 2 within 4 miles today , perching on overhead wires, and tree branches in ditch

Northern Shrike  
  Sandy
1/8/2017

Location: Esko Minnesota

   
           
 
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