adult; no sexual dimorphism (California, USA; 2007-01-13)

Loggerhead Shrike
Lanius ludovicianus

Native Range: North America and Middle America

Notes: large-headed bird with strong bill and feet; black and gray motif that superficially resembles that of Northern Mockingbird; predates large insects and even small songbirds; stores food by impaling prey on thorn trees or barbed-wire; perches on prominent sites near fields and open country; flight swift, low and level.

black face mask, light undersides (California, USA; 2007-01-13)

hooked bill-tip; black wings (Florida, USA; 2008-01-02)

gray back, dark tail (California, USA; 2007-04-22)

ready to pounce on prey (Florida, USA; 2008-01-02)