Northern Shrike Photo Gallery
What does the Northern Shrike look like?
Northern Shrikes are medium sized songbirds with gray backs, white throats and chests, black wings with white patches. They have long black tails; black face masks and hooked downward black bills. Juveniles are brown with barring on their chests.
Northern Shrike Habitat
Northern Shrike Facts
Northern Shrikes strike fear into the hearts of other songbirds and small mammals. They are aggressive predators that often kill more than they can eat at a sitting, storing the rest of the prey for a rainy day. The "Butcher Watchman" as it is known in Latin will sometimes impale prey on spikes or barbed wire fences. Their call is even fierce, with a harsh and rapid "aak-aak." The nests of Northern Shrikes are in trees and are very deep. When a female is inside she may be completely out of view.