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Woodchat Shrike

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

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Physical description

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Taxonomy, classification

See Woodchat Shrike at Wikipedia .

Range, habitat, finding this species

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Race "senator"



Lateral view of a Woodchat Shrike; the absence of any vermiculation and the pronounced black facial mask suggest that this is a male (photo courtesy of S. Cuturilov)
[Near Kursumlija, South-east Serbia, May 2016]

Near-dorsal view of a Woodchat Shrike (photo courtesy of I. Medenica)
[Near Kursumlija, South-east Serbia, May 2016]

Race "badius"



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


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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