Shrike Relaxing In Kavdi

Shrike Relaxing In Kavdi
Shrikes are medium-sized birds, up to 50 centimetres (20 in) in length, with grey, brown, or black and white plumage. Their beaks are hooked, like that of a bird of prey, reflecting their predatory nature, and their calls are strident. Shrikes are territorial, and these territories are defended from other pairs. Shrikes are known for their habit of catching insects and small vertebrates and impaling their bodies on thorns. This helps them to tear the flesh into smaller, more conveniently sized fragments, and serves as a cache so that the shrike can return to the uneaten portions at a later time. This same behavior of impaling insects serves as an adaptation to eating the toxic lubber grasshopper (Romalea guttata). The bird waits for 1–2 days for the toxins within the grasshopper to degrade, and then can eat it. Wikipedia
Birds of Pune Shrike
In Marathi Shrike is called as Khatik खाटीक
In Hindi Shrike is called as Lahatora or Kasai लहटोरा, कसाई


Facts about Shrike

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Fun Fact: Shrikes impale their prey and return to the uneaten portion at a later time. Many times they wait for 1 or 2 days before returning to eat the remaining portion. Due to this, the toxins in the prey get degraded and the Shrike can safely consume its prey.

 

 

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