The red-backed shrike is slightly bigger and slimmer than a house sparrow. Males are distinctive with greyish-blue heads, black face masks, chestnut backs and thick black bills - which are slightly hooked.
These shrikes like to be perched up high - where they have a good view of prey - usually on fence posts, telephone wires and the top of bushes. When they catch things, they take it back to their larder. Once back, they impale items caught on thorns or wedge in a fork.
Red-Backed Shrikes are a Red List species, due to their virtual extinction as a breeding species here in the UK.
Their diets consist of small birds, mammals and insects.
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