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Lesser Grey Shrike

The Lesser Grey Shrike (Lanius minor) is a member of the shrike family Laniidae. This species breeds throughout southeastern Europe and into Asia where it prefers dry open lowlands, often seen on telephone wires

It is similar in appearance to the Great Grey Shrike (Lanius excubitor) and the Southern Grey Shrike (L. meridionalis). Slightly smaller than the Great Grey Shrike, this bird has a black forehead and relatively longer wings.

This medium-sized migratory bird preys on large insects, small birds, rodents and lizards. Like other shrikes it hunts from prominent perches, and impales corpses on thorns or barbed wire as a “larder”.

It is a scarce vagrant to western Europe, including Great Britain, usually as a spring overshoot.

Lesser Grey Shrike


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