There are two common types of shrikes in North America. Each of these birds have found their own habitat and ranges on the continent. The Northern Shrike spends the warmer months in the central to northern regions in Canada, showing up in the southern portions of Canada and northern regions of the United States in the winter months. The Loggerhead Shrike, once one of the most popular North American birds, is disappearing from its northern boundaries, but is still common in the Southern States. A third shrike, the Brown Shrike is a vagrant from Asia.
Shrikes are some of the smallest birds of prey in North America. These robin-size birds and smaller, feed on a variety of foods. These foods depend on the season and their abundance. The foods include small rodents, small birds, reptiles, amphibians and insects. Shrikes are known for impaling their victims on thorn bushes and barbed wired fences as a means of storing them, to be eaten at another time.
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|Shrikes of North America|