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Northern shrike
Lanius excubitor

Size: 10 inches
Overall Color: gray and black
Occurrence: open areas with some trees
Diet: insects, small birds and mammals
Nest: cup in tree
Field Identification: hooked beak, rounded forehead, black mask, gray back
Season: winter

Kingdom: Animalia (Animals)
Phylum: Chordata (hollow nerve cord)
Subphylum: Vertebrata (backbone)
Class: Aves (Birds)
Order: passeriformes
Family: 50 Laniidae (shrikes)
Genus: Lanius
Species: excubitor

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