Northern Shrike

Other Names: Great Gray Shrike

Distribution: Poorly understood. Northern boreal forests worldwide in summer; temperate areas of the Northern Hemisphere in winter. A nonmigratory population exists in eastern Europe.

Northern Shrike distribution range map

Description:

Size: 22-26 cm in length with a 30-34 cm wingspan.

Plumage:  Pale gray above and white below, with faint barring on the undersides, and a bold black mask ending at the beak. The tail is black with white edges. Juveniles are browner overall. The legs, beak, and eyes are black.

LS

Species image
Northern Shrike

Northern Shrike

Bill Shape
hooked
Regions
alaska
alberta
aleutians
arizona
british columbia
california
colorado
connecticut
delaware
district of columbia
idaho
illinois
indiana
iowa
kansas
kentucky
labrador
maine
manitoba
maryland
massachusetts
michigan
minnesota
missouri
montana
nebraska
nevada
new brunswick
new foundland
new hampshire
new jersey
new mexico
new york
north carolina
north dakota
northwest territories
nova scotia
nunavut
ohio
oklahoma
ontario
oregon
pennsylvania
quebec
rhodeisland
saskatchewan
south dakota
tennessee
texas
utah
vermont
virginia
washington
west virginia
wisconsin
wyoming
yukon
Tail Shape
rounded-tail
Wing Shape
tapered-wings
Habitat
Grasslands
Color
gray
Body Shape
perching
Size
small
Order
perching birds or songbirds - passeriformes
shrikes - laniidae
Conservation Status
Least Concern
Bird Species