Shrike

Shrike
Interesting facts about Shrike
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. The bird waits for 1–2 days for the toxins within the grasshopper to degrade, and then can eat it. Shrikes are territorial, and these territories are defended from other pairs. In migratory species a breeding territory is defended in the breeding grounds and a smaller feeding territory is established during migration and in the wintering grounds. Co-operative breeding, where younger birds help their parents raise the next generation of young, has been recorded in both species. Males attract females to their territory with well stocked caches, which may include inedible but brightly colored items. During courtship the male will perform a ritualized dance which includes actions that mimic the skewering of prey on thorns and will feed the female. Ref wikipedia
Shrike in Pune
Bird watching spots in Pune: Sinhagad valley (Near Sinhagad Fort), Kavdi on Sholapur Road just after the Toll Plaza, Dive Ghat (Towards Saswad), Pu La Deshpande Garden, Pashan Lake, Bhigwan (100 KM from Pune on Sholapur Road), Morachi Chincholi Off Nagar Road, Mayureshwar Wildlife Sanctuary on Sholapur Road
Shrike in Marathi is called as Khatik, Chasmis, Bhurpotya, खाटीक, चश्मीस, भुरपोट्या
Shrike in Hindi is called as Lahatora, Kasaai, लहटोरा, कसाई

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