Ohio Birds and Biodiversity: Loggerhead Shrike


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A Loggerhead Shrike (Lanius ludovicianus) watches for victims from a wispy perch. These predatory songbirds are brutish hunters and are typically generally known as “butcher birds”. I have to admit, I watched this animal for a while hoping he may rating a kill. It did chase a Track Sparrow right into a palm, however the sparrow escaped. Shrikes usually impale their victims on thorns, barbed wire, and so on. Because the shrike lacks massive highly effective talons, sharp objects serve to carry their meal in place whereas the chook rips it aside. Pine Glades Pure Space, Jupiter, Florida, January 15, 2022.

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