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Shrikes bird in Africa



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Shrikes are passerine birds of the family Laniidae. The family is composed of thirty-one species in three genera. Shrikes are medium-sized birds, up to 50 centimetres (20 in) in length, with grey, br

Shrikes bird in Africa Description

Shrikes are passerine birds of the family Laniidae. The family is composed of thirty-one species in three genera. Shrikes are medium-sized birds, up to 50 centimetres (20 in) in length, with grey, brown, or black and white plumage. Their beaks are hooked, like that of a bird of prey,  reflecting their predatory nature, and their calls are strident.

Behaviour

Shrikes are territorial, and these territories are defended from other pairs. In migratory species a breeding territory is defended in the breeding grounds and a smaller feeding territory is established during migration and in the wintering grounds. Where several species of shrike exist together competition for territories can be intense.

Shrikes make regular use of exposed perch sites, where they adopt a conspicuous upright stance. These sites are used in order to watch for prey items and to advertise their presence to rivals.

Diet

diets consist mainly of large insects, but occasionally may include wild fruits and berries and sometimes rodents. They catch their prey by gleaning among tree foliage.


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