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  Loggerhead Shrike  
  (Lanius ludovicianus)  
 

 

 
  This is a species of open fields with scattered trees and shrubs for cover and nesting. Nearly all of the 300 Loggerhead Shrike nests found in Quebec have been in Hawthorn trees. This tree species has sharp thorns, which this Shrike uses to impale it's prey, which normally consists of large insects or small mammals. Loggerhead Shrike have learned to use barbed wire to skewer their prey. Sometimes meals are even stored in this way for future consumption! The range of this bird has shifted in response to changes in land use in Quebec. It expanded it's range into Quebec as the landscape was converted into pasture lands. Land use changes in this century, including conversion of pasture lands to agriculture, and regeneration of some forests has led to a dramatic decline in populations of the Loggerhead Shrike. Today, this species is perhaps the most endangered species in Quebec, with only 10 -15 nesting pairs remaining.  
  Distribution of the Loggerhead Shrike in S. Quebec:  
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