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Avian Slayer

If you have my 2021 “Talk Birdie to Me” calendar, here’s your November bird!


Meet the SONGBIRD known for snapping necks, cracking skulls and slashing through spinal cords. The Loggerhead Shrike (LOSH) is not here for games (well maybe the avian hunger games). Equipped with Leatherman tool-like (tomial teeth) bills, these baleful bandits are known for impaling their victims onto sharp objects (like barbed-wire) to slash and cache. These predatory pouncers are so bad ass, they’ve learned to eat the abdomens and heads of the toxic lubber grasshopper, while avoiding the poisonous thorax.

Their genus name, Lanius, is derived from the latin word for “butcher”, landing them the nickname, butcher bird. A group of shrikes are collectively known as an "abattoir" ( aka—> slaughterhouse). #songbirdsThatKill 🩸💀🔪

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