Loggerhead Shrike

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.

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Details & Statistics

Added to Birdorable
Hatched on 19 July 2008
Scientific Name
Lanius ludovicianus
  • Passeriformes
  • Laniidae
  • Lanius
  • L. ludovicianus
Conservation Status
Least Concern (as of 20 March 2020)
  • Least Concern (LC)
  • Near Threatened (NT)
  • Vulnerable (VU)
  • Endangered (EN)
  • Critically Endangered (CR)
  • Extinct in the Wild (EW)
  • Extinct (EX)
Source: IUCN Red List
Units: Imperial / Metric
8 inches

International Names

Czech (Cesky) ťuhýk americký
Danish (Dansk) Amerikansk Tornskade
Dutch (Nederlands) Amerikaanse Klapekster
Finnish (Suomi) Amerikanisolepinkäinen
French (Français) Pie-grièche Migratrice
German (Deutsch) Louisianawürger
Italian (Italiano) Averla Americana
Japanese (日本語) アメリカオオモズ (Amerikaoomozu)
Norwegian (Norsk) Amerikavarsler
Polish (Polski) Dzierzba Siwa
Russian (русский язык) Американский сорокопут
Spanish (Español) Alcaudón Americano
Swedish (Svenska) Amerikansk Törnskata
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