The Shrike is a songbird that acts like a bird of prey. Because its feet are too weak to hold prey the shrike uses its thick hook-tipped beak to catch small animals and ‘skewer’ them on thorns, barbed wire, fences and other sharp pointed objects. The Shrike stores or holds its prey there while tearing it apart to eat. Sometimes called the ‘Butcher Bird’ for this amazing feat, shrikes sit on high perches searching for prey.
Latin Name: Lanius Ludovicianus
Diet: locusts & other insects, frogs, lizards, mice