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Great Grey Shrike

(Lanius excubitor)
Alternate name(s): "Northern Grey Shrike", "Northern Shrike"
German name(s): "Raubwürger"

Size: 24-25 cm; wing span 30-34 cm
Weight: 50-80 g

Similar species

Description     Classification     Distribution     Sightings     Photos     Breeding     Nest     Eggs     Behaviour     Food     Call/s

Physical description

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Taxonomy, classification

See Great Grey Shrike at Wikipedia .

Range, habitat, finding this species

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Sightings

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Photos

Race "excubitor"

ADULT

MALE

Near-lateral view of a male Great Grey Shrike (photo courtesy of D. Wilczynska)
[Near Brok, river Bug, Masovia, Poland, August 2016]

Lateral view of a male Great Grey Shrike; note the absence of any signs of vermiculation, indicating that this bird is a male (photo courtesy of D. Wilczynska)
[Near Brok, river Bug, Masovia, Poland, August 2016]

Race "koenigi"

ADULT

MALE

Lateral view of a male Great Grey Shrike; note the absence of any signs of vermiculation, indicating that this bird is a male (photo courtesy of D. Wilczynska)
[March 2017]

Lateral view of a male Great Grey Shrike (photo courtesy of D. Wilczynska)
[March 2017]

Behaviour

Just like other shrikes of the genus Lanius, Great Grey Shrikes are known to spike their prey on thorns for future consumption.

Call(s)/Song

For this species we have recorded the following call(s)/song. The interpretation of their meaning is our own; comments and suggestions for improvement are welcome.

grgshrk_dw_20160918.mp3 (Central Poland) Territorial calls (male) © DW

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