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Loggerhead Shrike

Photo of a perched loggerhead shrike
Lanius ludovicianus
This robin-sized, gray and white bird has a black eye-mask extending behind its large, hooked bill. It has the unusual habit of hanging its prey items—little birds, mice, frogs, and big insects—on tree thorns or barbed wire. More

Loggerhead Shrike

Photo of a perched loggerhead shrike
A songbird “bird of prey,” the loggerhead shrike feeds on mice, large insects, frogs, and even small birds, swooping down on them from a high perch. They often impale their small prey items on thorns or barbed wire fences. Because they are perching birds and not raptors, shrikes lack the talons to help stabilize their dinner. More

Loggerhead Shrike

Photo of a perched loggerhead shrike
The upperparts of adult loggerhead shrikes are bluish gray with black wings and tail and a broad black eye-line mask. The bases of the primaries are white and may be visible in flight. The underparts are pale gray with fine, indistinct gray barring. The bill is short and slightly hooked. More

Loggerhead Shrike Nest With Young

Photo of loggerhead shrike nest with chicks
In Missouri, the loggerhead shrike is a Species of Conservation due to its rapidly declining populations. Pesticides and habitat loss are the major causes of the decline. The Missouri population has fallen an average of 6.7 percent each year from 1967 through 1989. The range has been extensively reduced. This species is imperiled in our state. More