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Lesser Grey Shrike

Lesser Grey Shrike
Scientific classification
Binomial name
Lanius minor
The Lesser Grey Shrike Lanius minor is a member of the shrike family Laniidae.

It is similar in appearance to the Great Grey Shrike Lanius excubitor and the Southern Grey Shrike L. meridionalis . It breeds in southeastern Europe into Asia.

This species prefers dry open lowlands, and is prominent on telephone wires.

It is slightly smaller and than Great Grey Shrike, and has a black forehead and relatively longer wings.

This medium-sized migratory passerine eats large insects, small birds, rodents and lizards. Like other shrikes it hunts from prominent perches, and impales corpses on thorns or barbed wire as a “larder’’.

It is a scarce vagrant to western Europe, including Great Britain, usually as a spring overshoot.

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