Bird of the Week: Loggerhead Shrike

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    Loggerhead Shrike (Photo: BirdsofOklahoma.net)

    LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) -- It's Thursday and that means Sarah Baxter with Arkansas Game and Fish is here with our Bird of the Week Segment.

    This week, she is going to tell us about a really interesting bird called the Loggerhead Shrike.

    They prefer open habitats with a few trees around for cover.

    They are often mistaken for the Northern Mockingbird, which are our state bird. Their bodies are shaped differently though, and they have large heads, relative to their body size, a trait which is common for predatory birds (predators need to be smart - bigger brains!). What makes these birds very unique and very exciting to learn about is the fact that they feed on insects, amphibians, reptiles, small mammals, and other birds, and they don't just catch and eat them.

    They catch them, then proceed to impale their prey's bodies on thorns or barbed wire fences so that they can tear them apart more easily. They also will place impaled prey along fences and trees/ bushes to mark their territory. Have you ever been out and about and seen a dead frog or mouse hanging from a barbed wire fence? It probably wasn't a mischievous teenager, but a Loggerhead Shrike!

    Sarah will tell you all about the bird on "THV 11 News at Noon".

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