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The Butcherbird

📸 by Duncan Usher

Shrikes.

Medium sized predatory birds with a gruesome but effective way of dissecting their prey.

Shrikes are known for their habit of catching insects and small vertebrates and impaling their bodies on thorns, the spikes on barbed-wire fences, or any available sharp point.

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.

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