Woodchat Shrike Lanius senator   [Linnaeus, 1758]

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Order: Passeriformes Family: Laniidae
BTO Codes: OO, WOOSH EURING No: 15230
Number in Britain: 21 records/year
Conservation Status:
UK: Not Assessed
European: 2 Concern, most in Europe; Declining
Global: (Details)
Status in UK: (A)  Scarce Visitor
Subspecies: senator (S), badius (V) recorded in Britain (of 4 subsp. in the world)
Length: 18 cm Wingspan: 27 cm Weight: M/F: 35 g    
Scientific name from: L.: lanius=a butcher and L.: senator=a senator (referring to a supposedly purple nape, reflecting a senator's robes)
World Distribution: BREEDS: c&s Europe, n Africa, w Asia, WINTERS: Africa & Middle East
Habitat: Savanna, forest edge
Diet: Mainly insects, esp. beetles, occ. small vertebrates, hunts from perch
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Records and Distribution

First Record: Isle of May, 1911
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Other Names

Gaelic: Welsh: Cigydd Pengoch
Danish: Rødhovedet tornskade Dutch: Roodkopklauwier
Finnish: Punapäälepinkäinen French: Pie-grièche à tête rousse
German: Rotkopfwürger Hungarian: Vörösfeju gébics
Icelandic: Trjásvarri Irish: Scréachán Coille
Italian: Averla capirossa Norwegian: Rødhodevarsler
Polish: Dzierzba rudoglowa Portuguese: Picanço-barreteiro
Spanish: Alcaudón común Swedish: Rödhuvad törnskata

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Books and Monographs:
   Panov, E.N. 2011 The true shrikes (Laniidae) of the world: ecology, behaviour and evolution Pensoft, Sofia [598.942 PAN]
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