COSEWIC Status Reports

COSEWIC assessment and update status report on the Loggerhead Shrike excubitorides subspecies Lanius ludovicianus in Canada

English name: Loggerhead Shrike excubitorides subspecies

French name: Pie-grièche migratrice de la sous-espèce excubitorides

Scientific name: Lanius ludovicianus excubitorides (Swainson).

The Loggerhead Shrike excubitorides subspecies (hereafter Prairie Loggerhead Shrike) is a medium-sized songbird, approximately 21 cm in length. Adults are boldly coloured with a blend of black, white and gray, and are particularly conspicuous in flight. The best field mark is the black facial mask, which completely covers the eye (in the similar Northern Shrike, Lanius excubitor, the black facial mask does not extend above the eye). The bill is black with a hook at the tip of the upper mandible.


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COSEWIC Secretariat
c/o Canadian Wildlife Service
Environment Canada
Ottawa, ON
K1A 0H3
Tel: 819-938-4125
Fax: 819-938-3984
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