Bigger (L 20 cm) than Red-backed Shrike (L. collurio), grey plumage, pink breast and white patches at wings. Common in open countries with some element of tree clumps and predominantly cereal fields. Feeds on insects. Migrant.
Reasons for the need for protection/inclusion in annex I
Range and population have contracted considerably over the last years, and this continues, probably due mainly to a long series of wet summers and to reductions in numbers of insects. The intensification of agriculture and the predominnance of monocultures, replacing mosaics of crops interspersed with groups of trees, may have also contributed to the decline.
yellow = summer visitor
green = resident
blue = winter visitor
3,000 / 5,000 pairs
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