Great Grey Shrike (Lanius excubitor)

The Great Grey Shrike breeds in semi-open to open landscapes. Those landscapes consist of a diversity of single shrubs and trees as well as small groves.
The Rhön was once one of the TOP 5 areas in Hesse. Due to change of use, the number of suitable habitats for the bird in the Rhön decreased. Under this LIFE project there is a good chance of achieving this status again.

profile of Great Grey Shrike Lanius excubitor

Description: White and grey plumage with black wings and eye-stripe
Size: 22-24 cm
Weight: 65-75 g
Wingspan: 35 cm
Brood: 1 brood per year
Breeding habitat: Extensive used pastures with shrubs and trees
Number of eggs: 4-8 eggs
Brooding period: 14-18 days
Food: Large insects, small mammals
Lifespan: 4-5 years
Migratory bird: Yes
Threats: Intensification of use, overgrowing shrubs
Measures: C.5 Optimisation of the habitats for Northern Shrike and Red-backed Shrike (shrike species) in the SPA “Hessische Rhön”

picture: Robert Gross

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