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Great Gray Shrike

Lanius excubitor

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Thrush-sized bird; pale gray overall with black mask. Breeds in open forests and shrubby areas across Europe; moves south in winter. Found in open areas with prominent perches, including power lines and short treetops that offer perfect vantages for shrikes to spot their prey. Carnivorous habits make shrikes unique among passerines. In flight, watch for white patches in the wings. Feeds on rodents and small birds.

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