Shrikes

A Guide to the Shrikes of the World

Norbert Lefranc; Illustrated by Tim Worfolk

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September 23, 1997
192 pages, 7 x 9 3/4
75 b/w + 16 color illus.
ISBN: 9780300073362
Cloth

Published in association with Christopher Helm/A & C Black

Shrikes are a charismatic group of small- to medium-sized birds with striking raptor-hooked bills and a face mask that gives them the look of small, fierce highwaymen. Their Latin name, Lanius, means butcher, and shrikes are commonly known as "butcher-birds" for their habit of impaling insect prey on the thorns of bushes. This book is the first complete guide to the thirty-one species in three genera of the family Laniidae. Along with superb illustrations and range maps to facilitate successful field identification of all the shrike species, this useful book contains the most recent information on the entire shrike family.

Shrikes are found throughout most of the Palearctic region and North America. The smallest member of the family, Emin’s Shrike, lives in central Africa and is about the size of a house finch or greenfinch. The populations of many shrike species—including the Great Grey Shrike, the Lesser Grey Shrike, the Woodchat Shrike, and the Red-backed Shrike in Europe and the Loggerhead Shrike in North America—have declined alarmingly, in large part due to changing farming methods. To conserve their numbers, all are now legally protected. This thorough book discusses terminology, classification, the general biology of shrikes, and conservation issues. Its baseline data on the shrikes of the world will provide a solid foundation for all future work on the species.

Norbert Lefranc is a nature conservation officer at the Ministry of the Environment in Metz and is in charge of all nature conservation in Lorraine. Tim Worfolk is a leading bird illustrator whose work has been published in British Birds, Birding World, and Birdwatch. He is currently working on several other regional guides and identification guides to other bird families.

"Birders and ornithologists will enjoy this book and want a copy. Most highly recommended."—Wildlife Activist

"For people interested in the shrike family, this is an especially timely work. . . . This book contains much of the newest information on the family. . . . For those who travel to the more remote parts of the world, especially Africa and Asia, and for those fascinated by this group of birds, the book will provide considerable pleasure."—Bird Watcher's Digest

"Along with excellent illustrations and range maps to facilitate successful field identification of all of the shrike species, this useful book contains the most recent information on the entire shrike family."—Charles E. Keller, Indiana Audubon Quarterly

"Norbert Lefranc is a well-known shrike biologist who has dedicated almost three decades in the field to their study. This comes through in the book and in the very unique way of presenting the reader with the biology of the True Shrikes. . . . A well rounded, encompassing book."—Reuven Yosef, Condor