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Loggerhead Shrike
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07/25/2011
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The small Loggerhead Shrike is a predator, like its larger brothers, the hawk and falcon.

 

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2:00 minutes (1.57 MB)
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Loggerhead Shrikes are found across much of the United States in open country, like pasture and sagebrush. Male shrikes are well known for impaling their prey on thorns, creating a larder that may help impress potential mates. But pesticides and the loss of habitat to residential and commercial uses have reduced shrike populations. Conservation efforts are under way, such as allowing brush to grow along fence-lines, leaving small trees and shrubs on the roadside, and reducing or eliminating the use of pesticides.


 
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