Northern shrike Lanius excubitor

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The Northern Shrike is very similar to the Loggerhead Shrike but is larger with a black mask that does not extend across the top of the bill, pale base to the lower mandible, a paler gray overall color and faintly barred underparts. Immatures are browner than immature Loggerheads. Northern Mockingbirds are similarly-sized and colored but have slimmer bills and lack a black mask.

Length and wingspan from: Robbins, C.S., Bruun, B., Zim, H.S., (1966). Birds of North America. New York: Western Publishing Company, Inc.