Loggerhead Shrike (Lanius ludovicianus)

The loggerhead shrike (Lanius ludovicianus) inhabits hedgerows and fence-row “edge” habitats containing trees with thorns or spines. Shrikes are commonly known as Butcher Birds for their habit of impaling their prey of small insects, small birds, lizards, and small mammals upon thorns. Although they are songbirds, shrikes possess beaks similar to those of birds of prey, with a hook at the end and tooth-like structures on the upper mandible. By using this raptorial bill to kill their prey, shrikes are the only truly predatory songbirds.

Specialized Ecological Services has performed surveys for this Illinois State-Listed protected species.

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