Shrikes (Laniidae)
Shrikes are medium-sized, predatory perching birds which are capable of killing smaller birds as well as large insects. They hunt from an open perch, where they wait for their chance to pounce on prey, usually on the ground. They have strongly built, hooked bills, heavy heads and most have long tails. Their feet are taloned, like birds of prey which grasp their prey. Most European species are rather silent.
There are 74 species worldwide, mostly in the Old World. Five species breed in Europe.
Species seen but not photographed:
  • Woodchat Shrike : Bulgaria (June 2014)