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Brown Shrike

Lanius cristatus

Common in Asia, this species is similar in habits to the North American shrikes, but it tends to be more elusive, spending less time perching conspicuously in the open. Brown Shrikes are rare visitors in spring and fall to western and southern Alaska, and have wandered as far south as California a few times.
Family Shrikes
Common in Asia, this species is similar in habits to the North American shrikes, but it tends to be more elusive, spending less time perching conspicuously in the open. Brown Shrikes are rare visitors in spring and fall to western and southern Alaska, and have wandered as far south as California a few times.
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Diet

Mostly insects, small rodents, and small birds.


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