Red-Backed Shrike

 

The red-backed shrike (Lanius collurio) is a carnivorous passerine bird and member of the shrike family Laniidae. The genus name, Lanius, is derived from the Latin word for „butcher“, and some shrikes are also known as „butcher birds“ because of their feeding habits.

The specific collurio is from Ancient Greek kollurion, a bird mentioned by Aristotle.

The common English name „shrike“ is from Old English scríc, „shriek“, referring to the shrill call.

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