Small, stocky shrike with reddish-brown upperparts, a black mask, and white underparts with varying amounts of buffy or buffy-orange wash on the flanks and breast. Thick, black bill with a hooked tip and grayish legs. Male: Warm reddish-brown upperparts with rusty-brown rump and tail. Broad white supercilium, forehead, and throat with thin black mask. Female: Drabber than male with lightly barred sides. Juvenile: Similar to female but with a brown forehead and black only behind eye.
Length: 18 (cm) Wingspan: 25 (cm)
Found in grasslands, deserts, cultivated fields, or scrublands.
Hunts from exposed perches. When it spots prey, makes a swift attack and returns to a perch; often impales and stores prey on thorns. Territoriality may be another reason for the impaling of prey.
Diet consists of small invertebrates, mammals and reptiles.
A peculiar and special romance attends "Birds Without Maps." A Brown Shrike that was discovered 22 Nov 2010 along the n. California coast remained until 18 May 2011. It was seen to eat caterpillars, very small mammals, and small birds. This Brown Shrike ultimately may have seen more North American people than any other member of its species.
Citation: Personal Experience. I observe this occasionally, confident.
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|David Fix added a note to Brown Shrike Notes||7/04/2011 at 4:30PM|