The Red-backed shrike is a sleek sparrow bird with a long tail and a strong beak. Red-backed shrike, which is slightly larger than the sparrow, has a brick-red back, a bluish-gray head and a black mask resembling a bandit. The female is brown in color and has wavy stripe underneath. The main food source is insects and sometimes small mammals and reptiles.
The habitats of the Red-backed shrike include open areas such as forest squares and meadow edges and juniper stands. The species nests widely of Europe and Western Asia and overwinters in eastern and southern Africa, where it returns to Finland in May and June.
Handsome Red-backed shrike watches from its watch tower and swiftly plunges into its prey. The species breeds for example inside a dense shrub and may store its excess food by hanging them on the thorns.
The Red-backed shrike needs an open living environment as well as a look-out site, and so it thrives on logging openings.
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