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22

Red-backed Shrike

(Lanius collurio)
German name(s): "Neuntöter", "Rotrückenwürger"
Size: 16-18 cm; wing span 24-27 cm
Weight: 21-40 g

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

Physical description

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Taxonomy, classification

See Red-backed Shrike at Wikipedia .

Range, habitat, finding this species

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Sightings

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Photos

ADULT

MALE

Frontal view of a male Red-backed Shrike fanning its tail - note the prominent black facial mask; this bird has almost no pink on its front (photo courtesy of D. Wilczynska)
[Near Malinowo, Masovia, Poland, August 2016]

Frontal view of a male Red-backed Shrike fanning its tail; note the prominent black facial mask (photo courtesy of D. Wilczynska)
[Near Brok, river Bug, Masovia, Poland, July 2016]

Lateral view of a male Red-backed Shrike; note the prominent black facial mask and the rich colours of the body plumage (photo courtesy of D. Wilczynska)
[Near Brok, river Bug, Masovia, Poland, May 2016]

Pair of Red-backed Shrikes, with the male on the left and the female on the right (photo courtesy of D. Wilczynska)
[Near Brok, river Bug, Masovia, Poland, May 2016]

Pair of Red-backed Shrikes (photo courtesy of D. Wilczynska)
[Near Malinowo, Masovia, Poland, August 2016]

FEMALE

Frontal view of a female Red-backed Shrike (photo courtesy of D. Wilczynska)
[Near Brok, river Bug, Masovia, Poland, July 2016]

Frontal view of a female Red-backed Shrike (photo courtesy of D. Wilczynska)
[Near Brok, river Bug, Masovia, Poland, July 2016]

Near-lateral view of a female Red-backed Shrike (photo courtesy of D. Wilczynska)
[Near Brok, river Bug, Masovia, Poland, July 2016]

Lateral view of a female Red-backed Shrike (photo courtesy of D. Wilczynska)
[Near Brok, river Bug, Masovia, Poland, July 2016]

Lateral view of a female Red-backed Shrike (photo courtesy of D. Wilczynska)
[Near Malinowo, Masovia, Poland, August 2016]

Near-dorsal view of a female Red-backed Shrike (photo courtesy of D. Wilczynska)
[Near Malinowo, Masovia, Poland, August 2016]

Dorsal view of a female Red-backed Shrike (photo courtesy of D. Wilczynska)
[Near Brok, river Bug, Masovia, Poland, May 2016]

Dorsal view of a female Red-backed Shrike looking back at the observer (photo courtesy of D. Wilczynska)
[Near Brok, river Bug, Masovia, Poland, May 2016]

IMMATURE/JUVENILE

Frontal view of a juvenile Red-backed Shrike; note the prominent scalloping of the head (photo courtesy of D. Wilczynska)
[Near Brok, river Bug, Masovia, Poland, May 2016]

Frontal view of a juvenile Red-backed Shrike; note the prominent scalloping of the head and the brownish hues on the side of the head (photo courtesy of D. Wilczynska)
[Near Brok, river Bug, Masovia, Poland, May 2016]

Behaviour

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

Lateral view of a female Red-backed Shrike with its prey (photo courtesy of D. Wilczynska)
[Near Brok, river Bug, Masovia, Poland, July 2016]

Near-dorsal view of a male Red-backed Shrike perched characteristically in a shrub, scanning the surroundings for prey (photo courtesy of Beata from Warsaw)
[Biebrza National Park, Poland, June 2016]

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.

rebshrk_dw_20160526_2.mp3 (Poland) Territorial calls (male) © DW
rebshrk_dw_20160713_1.mp3 (Poland) Warning calls (male) © DW
rebshrk_dw_20160713_2.mp3 (Poland) Warning calls (male) © DW

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