Now the Great Grey Shrikes have largely reared their brood and now take care of the (almost) fledglings. The two species can overlap from the third week of March through until, say, late April (rough average). Preferred Habitat. They tend to perch high on a lookout post (a tree or shrub, a wire, a pole) and then swoop low and fly up to Loggerhead Shrike Lanius ludovicianus Bob Moul Photo Bob Moul Photo In the winter, it often migrates south to our area in search of food and as far south as Central America. Wings are black with white patches. Title: Northern Shrike in flight Description: A juvenile Northern Shrike (Lanius excubitor) flying and hovering, looking for rodent prey on its wintering grounds. Shrikes. Photo 8. Also identified as a Northern by reduced black between eyes and bill (lores), and pale base of bill. Both shrikes also have a distinctive flight. Both species are remarkably similar: they’re about the size of a robin, with a dark, hooked bill, grey body, and black-and-white wings. Tail is fairly long and black, with outer tail feathers broadly tipped and bordered with white. The 1d4 sure does perform well for flight shots. The northern white-crowned shrike or white-rumped shrike (Eurocephalus ruppelli), is a shrike found in dry thornbush, semi-desert, and open acacia woodland in east Africa from south eastern South Sudan and southern Ethiopia to Tanzania.Its binomial name commemorates the German naturalist and explorer Eduard Rüppell.. Both birds also have prominent white wing patches that are visible in flight and a black band through the eye. Northern White-crowned Shrike (Eurocephalus ruppelli) bird calls on dibird.com. Flight is swift and undulating on shallow rapid wing beats. A huge thanks to a friend for making this shot possible. The shrike has a fast, quick flight; the mockingbird has a slower flight often showing its white outer tail feathers. The Loggerhead Shrike excubitorides subspecies. Gray-bodied, black-masked bandit of open areas, both rural and suburban. Loggerhead Shrikes use open habitat of short grass interspersed with bare ground and shrubs or low trees. Ganpule: Great Grey Shrike 1 Introduction The Great Grey Shrike Lanius excubitor is a widespread resident in South Asia. (hereafter Prairie Loggerhead Shrike) is a medium-sized songbird, approximately 21 cm in length. Northern Shrike hovering Ontario, Canada | January | Canon Mk IV | Canon 600mm f4 IS . In flight, watch for white patches in the wings. Lanius, the typical shrikes, are a genus of passerine birds in the shrike family Laniidae.The majority of the family's species are placed in this genus. It has a large bill that is hooked at the end, and a narrow, black mask across its face. Photo 7. Its scientific name is Lanius excubitor and means “butcher watchman.” It is a pale gray bird with lightly barred under-parts and black wings, tail, and mask. This great grey shrike by reader Colin Mayes really caught my eye when it arrived in the Nature's Home inbox.These scarce winter visitors to the UK, famed for impaling their small mammal and bird prey on thorns, are often distant, mobile and can be surprisingly elusive (for a bird that the books tell you sit in full view on the tops of trees and bushes). Breeding in Africa: se South Sudan, c Ethiopia and c Somalia to c Tanzania; can be seen in 6 countries. A white conspicuous wing bar crosses the base of primaries, striking in flight. The oldest Northern Shrike of record was a female that was 8 years and 7 months when recaptured and re-released during a Wisconsin banding operation. 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