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THE COMMON ALCAUDÓN

Order: Passeriformes. Family: Lanidae, Species: Lanius senator.

Status: species classified as vulnerable to extinction.

Longevity: can live up to five years. Weight: 25 to 41 grams, approximately.

Wingspan: with open wings can measure about 29 cms.

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Length: 18 cms. approximately.

The Common Shrike is a bird of small size, but with morphological characteristics that make it more feared than it may seem. It is a true specialist in catching insects of a certain size and small birds. The male is distinguished by the lively reddish brown color of the nape of his neck and his ridge, contrasting strongly with the typical black shrike of the shrikes. Its back is black with a white color list as well as the belly. His eyes are black and the beak is dark and strong, with a design with which he is able to tear little reptiles. The wings are black with a white stripe that is only perceptible during glides. Their legs are black. The female is similar to the male, although slightly duller colors. The young shrimp are of grayish brown plumage.

The Common Shrike is a bird of open wooded areas, bordered by forests and areas with shrubs. It is also often seen in olive groves and fields, often using a favorite innkeeper to eat prey. Usually seen in electrical lines.

The feeding of this species is based on large insects, beetles, spiders, dragonflies, bumblebees ..., even small birds, lizards and rodents. The common Shrike is a tireless hunter, so the pieces that are left over from their prey impales them on a branch, as a pantry, for occasions when they lack food.

The song of this little bird is variable, with a melodious and sustained twitter. From its song it has been said that it is the most pleasant of all species of shrikes. You can also do that mimic the sound of other birds and also make alarm and call notes.

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