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Woodchat Shrike

(Lanius senator)
German name(s): "Rotkopfwürger"
Size: 17-19 cm

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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 Woodchat Shrike at Wikipedia .

Range, habitat, finding this species

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Sightings

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Photos

Race "senator"

ADULT

MALE

Near-frontal view of a male Woodchat Shrike; note the absence of vermiculation on the sides (photo courtesy of J. Pires )
[Mora, Evora, Portugal, May 2017]

Near-frontal view of a male Woodchat Shrike; note the absence of vermiculation on the sides (photo courtesy of J. Pires )
[Mora, Evora, Portugal, April 2018]

Lateral view of a male Woodchat Shrike (photo courtesy of J. Pires )
[Mora, Evora, Portugal, April 2017]

Lateral/ventral view of a male Woodchat Shrike (photo courtesy of J. Pires )
[Mora, Evora, Portugal, April 2015]

Lateral/ventral view of a male Woodchat Shrike (photo courtesy of S. Cuturilov)
[Near Kursumlija, South-east Serbia, May 2016]

FEMALE

Near-dorsal view of a female Woodchat Shrike; note the grey mantle, rather than black (photo courtesy of I. Medenica)
[Near Kursumlija, South-east Serbia, May 2016]

Dependent juvenile Woodchat Shrike being fed by the female (photo courtesy of J. Pires )
[Mora, Evora, Portugal, June 2014]

Dorsal view of a female Woodchat Shrike (photo courtesy of J. Pires )
[Mora, Evora, Portugal, May 2014]

IMMATURE/JUVENILE

Near-dorsal view of an immature Woodchat Shrike that has shed part of its juvenile plumage (photo courtesy of J. Pires )
[Mora, Evora, Portugal, July 2014]

Frontal view of a juvenile Woodchat Shrike (photo courtesy of J. Pires )
[Mora, Evora, Portugal, July 2014]

Lateral view of a juvenile Woodchat Shrike (photo courtesy of J. Pires )
[Mora, Evora, Portugal, July 2014]

Lateral view of a juvenile Woodchat Shrike (photo courtesy of J. Pires )
[Mora, Evora, Portugal, July 2018]

Near-dorsal/ventral view of a juvenile Woodchat Shrike (photo courtesy of J. Pires )
[Mora, Evora, Portugal, August 2014]

Dependent juvenile Woodchat Shrike being fed by the female (photo courtesy of J. Pires )
[Mora, Evora, Portugal, June 2014]

Race "badius"

ADULT

Sex unknown

Near-frontal view of a Woodchat Shrike (photo courtesy of D. Wilczynska)
[Western Sardinia, June 2016]

Race "niloticus"

ADULT

MALE

Lateral view of a Woodchat Shrike; note the large white primary wing flash typical of this race; the black forehead and back indicate that this is a male (photo courtesy of D. Wilczynska)
[June 2018]

Near-dorsal view of a Woodchat Shrike (photo courtesy of D. Wilczynska)
[June 2018]

Near-dorsal view of a Woodchat Shrike struggling to stay on its perch - note the very prominent white primary wing flash
(photo courtesy of D. Wilczynska)
[June 2018]

Behaviour

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

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