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 Red-backed Shrike  Lanius collurio


 Sonogram of Red-backed Shrike song

Potamia Valley, Lesvos, Greece  39 13' 39.0" N  26 10' 15.1" E  26 May 2017

Territorial song from scrubby patch in old, rough olive grove.

Song composed of a continuous subdued, subsong-like ramble with mimicry (note Willow Warbler mimicry at 1.5 sec), and full of twitters, wheezes, scratches, and nasal phrases. Part of a five and a half minute recording of continuous song.

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Sonogram of Red-backed Shrike song

Kirna Trail, Alam-Pedja Looduskaitseala, Estonia  58 32' 39.9'' N  26 14' 17.1'' E  23 May 2010  1656h

Advertising song from the top of a willow adjacent to riverside fields: quiet and subdued, like warbler sub-song with mimicry of other species. This is part of a longer recording of a bird which sang continuously for several minutes at a time.

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 Sonogram of Red-backed Shrike calls

Park Palacowy, Bialowieza Forest, Poland  28 June 2009, 2000h

Alarm calls.

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