|Kingdom: Animalia Phylum: Chordata Class: Aves (Birds) Order: Passeriformes Family: Laniidae|
Laniidae (Shrikes) are a widespread group of medium-sized sit-and-wait predators. They have a strong, hooked bill (sometimes toothed), large head, longish tail, strong legs and sharp claws. Most Laniidae species are patterned crisply in gray, black, white, bay or chestnut. They feed on larger insects, grasshoppers, rodents, reptiles and even small birds. Some species impale their prey on thorns or barbed wire for later retrieval. Most shrikes are birds of open country. All are generally solitary, monogamous, territorial birds. Sexes generally alike. The clutch size is 2-6 eggs; both parents care for the young, sometimes with helpers.
Red-backed Shrike (Lanius collurio) - sparse passage migrant