Let’s Not Shirk Shrikes


Shrikes are the bad boys of songbirds, a passerine gone to the Dark Side. Where raptors, who have the same diet, are romanticized, shrikes are cultural villains. Anyone who disagrees hasn’t read Nathaniel West’s harrowing novella, Miss Lonelyhearts, whose nasty villain is named Shrike. But shrikes are beautiful, efficient and fascinating. There are 34 species…