There are around 30 bird species in this family. They are between 6-14 inches in length. They have strong, slightly hooked bills and strong, sharp claws. Most species have long, narrow tails. Shrikes are usually black, brown, or gray on their uppersides and and a paler color on their undersides.
Birds in this family prey on vertebrate and invertebrate animals. They are the only birds in the the Passeriformes order that are predators, in fact, Laniidae is Latin for butcher! They often catch small birds, mammals, reptiles, and amphibians and impale them on thorns or barbed wire to eat later!
Shrikes are found in all parts of the world, except for South America and Australia.
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