French mockingbird

The bird has a large hooked bill; the head and back are grey and the underparts white. The wings and tail are black, with white patches on the wings and white on the outer tail feather. The black face mask extends over the bill, unlike that of the similar but slightly larger Northern Shrike.

The French mockingbird is classified as Least Concern. Does not qualify for a more at risk category. Widespread and abundant taxa are included in this category.

The loggerhead shrike, sometimes called the French mockingbird, is one of two species of shrikes, or butcher birds, in North America. They capture insects, worms, small mammals, or birds and impale them on twigs or thorns before carving them up with their beaks and eating them. John Bova/Photo Researchers, Inc.Library of Natural Sounds, Cornell Laboratory of Ornithology. All rights reserved. "Loggerhead Shrike," Microsoft(R) Encarta(R) 96 Encyclopedia. (c) 1993-1995 Microsoft Corporation. All rights reserved. More

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Order : Passeriformes
Family : Laniidae
Genus : Lanius
Species : ludovicianus
Authority : Linnaeus, 1766