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Loggerhead Shrike

Long-billed Dowitcher
Loggerhead Kingbird

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Loggerhead Kingbird

  • Tyrannus caudifasciatus
  • Flycatchers & Friends

About the Loggerhead Shrike

Also known as: Butcher Bird

The Loggerhead Shrike breeds in semi-open areas in southern Ontario, Quebec and Alberta south to Mexico where it nests in dense trees and schrubs. It is also known as the 'Butcher Bird' as it impales its prey on thorns or barbed wire before eating it, because it lacks the talons of birds of prey. 'Loggerhead' refers to the relatively large head as compared to the rest of the body.

It looks much like a Northern Shrike, but the Loggerhead Shrike is smaller and its black mask extends across the forehead above the beak, which is usually not the case with the Northern Shrike. Finally, the beak of the Northern Shrike is longer than that of the Loggerhead.

Details & Stats

Hatched Added to Birdorable on: 19 July 2008
Scientific Name Lanius ludovicianus
  • Passeriformes
  • Laniidae
  • Lanius
  • L. ludovicianus
Birdorable Family Corvids, Shrikes & Friends
Conservation Status Least Concern
  • Least Concern (LC)
  • Near Threatened (NT)
  • Vulnerable (VU)
  • Endangered (EN)
  • Critically Endangered (CR)
  • Extinct in the Wild (EW)
  • Extinct (EX)
Source: IUCN Red List
(as of 15 September 2017)
Units: Imperial Metric
8 inches
Range North America Central America

International Names

  • ťuhýk americký (Czech)
  • Amerikansk Tornskade (Danish)
  • Amerikaanse Klapekster (Dutch)
  • Amerikanisolepinkäinen (Finnish)
  • Pie-grièche Migratrice (French)
  • Louisianawürger (German)
  • Averla Americana (Italian)
  • アメリカオオモズ (Amerikaoomozu) (Japanese)
  • Amerikavarsler (Norwegian)
  • Dzierzba Siwa (Polish)
  • Американский сорокопут (Russian)
  • Alcaudón Americano (Spanish)
  • Amerikansk Törnskata (Swedish)

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