great grey shrike, northern grey shrike (Lanius excubitor)
Great Grey Shrike Lanius excubitor excubitor, Chilham, Kent
Date 1 March 2015, 00:00
Source Great Grey Shrike - On a different wire!
Author Smudge 9000 from North Kent Coast, England https://www.flickr.com/people/7599112@N08
The great grey shrike, northern grey shrike, or northern shrike (Lanius excubitor) is a large songbird species in the shrike family (Laniidae). It forms a superspecies with its parapatric southern relatives, the southern grey shrike (L. meridionalis), the Chinese grey shrike (L. sphenocerus) and the loggerhead shrike (L. ludovicianus). Within the great grey shrike species itself, there are nine subspecies. Males and females are similar in plumage, pearly grey above with a black eye-mask and white underparts.
Species: Lanius excubitor Linnaeus, 1758
Synonyms: Lanius borealis