juvenile; barring on sides and on reddish back (Finland; 2008-09-12)

Red-backed Shrike
Lanius collurio

Native Range: Eurasia

Notes: a relatively small shrike that is widespread within its range; juvenile has crescentic markings on its breast and back; adults are more boldly patterned in grey and brown and have a reddish back that gives the species its name; little sexual dimorphism.

juvenile; sturdy, slightly hooked bill; brown eye stripe (Finland; 2008-09-12)

adult; red back; grey crown and nape; white below (Poland; 2012-06-01)