Nature Journal
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Northern Shrike Identification Tips
(Credit: U. S. Geological Survey)
General Information
- Heavy, hooked bill with a pale base to lower mandible
- Black cheeks
- Pale gray head and back
- White underparts with faint gray barring
- Black wings with white wing patches
- Black tail with white outer tail feathers
- Juveniles and immatures are browner and duller

Similar species
The Northern Shrike is very similar to the Loggerhead Shrike but is larger with a black mask that does not extend across the top of the bill, pale base to the lower mandible, a paler gray overall color and faintly barred underparts. Immatures are browner than immature Loggerheads. Northern Mockingbirds are similarly-sized and colored but have slimmer bills and lack a black mask.
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