Friends of Kootenay Blog

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Butcher Bird

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 Northern Shrike photograped on April 19, 2012 at the Radium Mill Pond - by Ross MacDonald.

 

The following discription from the Canadain Museum of Nature should work up your appitie. 

“Northern Shrike is known as the 'butcher bird' because of its unusual practice of impaling prey on thorns or barbed wire, much in the way butchers hang meat in their shops. Mice, small birds, and large insects form the bulk of the shrike's diet.
As is typical of birds that hunt animals for food, it has a strongly notched bill that is capable of tearing flesh.”