In English, many things are named after a particular country – but have you ever wondered what those things are called in those countries?
- Shrike babblers were originally described as shrikes, because of their hooked bill, but have been subsequently placed among babblers.
- Because their feet are not large or strong enough to hold prey, shrikes find a crotch in a tree, a thorn, or barbed wire to hang their prey on while they eat.
- Male shrikes in Israel's Negev Desert impale snails and nest-building materials onto thorns to attract mates.
- The horned lizard Phrynosoma mcalli apparently uses the horns on its head to deter the shrike, a bird fond of impaling lizards on thorns or barbed wire for later consumption.
- Mice, other birds, and large insects form the bulk of the shrike's diet.
- The shrike had pinned smaller birds on the tree's black thorns and the sun had stripped them of their feathers.
- The bees have come in swarms to suck scant drops of water from the ground under the garden tap, fighting with doves, pigeons, weavers and a family of shrikes for the last few thirst-quenching diamonds.
- Birds such as grouse, crows, quail, partridge, nightjars, cuckoos, shrikes, larks, pipits, merlins, harriers, kestrels and buzzards would all have been seen.
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