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Northern Shrike
Traits: Medium-sized, gray bird with black mask; sharply hooked bill; long talons; predator

Habitat: Tall shrub thickets, forest openings and edges

Foods: Small birds and mammals, large insects

Eaten by: Merlins, sharp-shinned hawks

Do You Know? The shrike hangs its prey in the forks of branches. It can kill and store more prey than can be eaten at one time, earning it the name "butcher bird."

Special thanks to the ADF&G Division of Wildlife Conservation.

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