• Photo taken Locality: Libya
  • Photo taken by:
    Trichas, A.
  • Photo taken date:
    June 2007
Mediterranean Great Grey Shrike
Passerine Birds

Photo of the Mediterranean Great Grey Shrike, Lanius meridionalis, North African race "elegans". This is North Africa’s most common bird. It may be a passerine, but it is adapted to predation as is obvious from its hooked bill. It preys upon large beetles and even small birds, which can often be seen “spiked” - waiting to be eaten - on the thorns of bushes which also define its territorial limits.