Great Grey Shrike
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The Great Grey Shrike
“The Butcher Bird”
This beautiful songbird hides a dreadful secret.It has sadistic tendencies.
It beats its victim to death with its inch long beak and skewers them on thorns.
It can’t grip its victims like a bird of prey so it uses a blackthorn to impale them to assist with the dismembering process.
This strikingly beautiful passerine has a wingspan of around 36cm and has an 11 cm tail. It is a long-tailed, thrush-sized, grey, black and white bird with distinctive black markings like a highwaymans mask over their eyes.
With only around 100 visitors each winter its always a delight to see one.
But not if your a Robin or a Lizard!