|Breeds on heaths and commons with thorn
bushes and gorse.
Eats large insects, small birds, frogs, rodents
and lizards. It hunts from prominent perches,
and impales corpses on thorns or barbed wire
as a "larder". This practice has earned it the
nickname of "butcher bird."
The male's upper parts are reddish with a
grey head and a typical shrike black stripe through
the eye. Underparts are tinged pink, and the tail has
a black and white pattern similar to that of a wheatear.
In the female and young birds the upperparts are
brown and vermiculated. Underparts are buff and also
16 - 18 cms.
Lost as a breeder in this country
in the 1990's but they have returned to breed in Dartmoor in 2011