The Loggerhead Shrike and Northern Shrike can both be found across North America, so how do you tell them apart? Well, there are three important differences between these two species: 1. The Northern Shrike is bigger than the Loggerhead (one to two inches longer); 2. The... Read more »
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.