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The Lesser Grey Shrike (Lanius minor) is a member of the shrike family Laniidae

It is similar in appearance to the Great Grey Shrike (Lanius excubitor) . It breeds in southeastern Europe and into Asia.

This species prefers dry open lowlands, and is prominent on telephone wires.

It is slightly smaller than the Great Grey Shrike, and has a black forehead and relatively longer wings.

This medium-sized migratory passerine eats large insects, small birds and lizards. Like other shrikes it hunts from prominent perches, and impales corpses on thorns or barbed wire as a "larder".

It is a scarce vagrant to western Europe, including Great Britain, usually as a spring overshoot.