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Bird Sightings : Hebrides : Red-backed Shrike

 

 

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Red-backed Shrike

Ficedula parva

 

  • Red-backed Shrike
  • Lanius collurio
  • UK: RED LIST. 227 records a year BTO
  • UK: Scarce Breeder (0-5prs) , Passage Visitor
  • WI: Very rare passage visitor (less than 5 records)
  • Breeds: Europe, Asia
  • Winters: South of breeding range to Africa
  • Habitat: Open woodland, scrub, savanna, farmland
  • Diet: Perches on tops of bushes, fence posts, wires etc, watching for prey which they will store in their larder impaled on a thorn or stuck into a fork. (hence the name butcher bird). Mainly insects (prefers beetles). Small mammals, birds, reptiles
  • Approximately size of house sparrow, but slimmer. Male unmistakable bluish-grey head, black mask, bright chestnut back, thick hooked black bill.
  • Listen to a Red-backed Shrike (RSPB site)
  • Similar birds: Brown Shrike, Isabelline Shrike

 

Red-backed Shrike records in the Western Isles

Very rare passage visitor (less than 5 records)


The chart below shows how abundant the Red-backed Shrike is during a month or when you are more likely to see it.

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(Source: Outer Hebrides Birds Checklist)

 

 

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