Shrikes are small birds from the Laniidae, which is Latin for "butchers". These are also known as "butcher-birds" and "thornbirds". There are 31 species broken into 3 genera. Typically small birds, the various Shrikes have small hooked bills and banded faces. Although these birds eat similar food to hawks and falcons, Shrikes cannot kill their prey with talons, as Falconiformes birds do. To compensate, shrikes manipulate their heavy bills, to stun and then impale their prey upon thorn bushes and trees, and even barbed wire. Shrikes sometimes eat their prey while it is impaled and still alive, while other times leave their prey impaled as storage for later consumption. Their prey consists of insects, worms, small mammals, and birds. please see two attached photos (source of photos is internet).
Interesting information from the internet, but have never seen it happening with this tree. Have plenty of these trees on my property. Sending some of my photographs [including the last 2 which were taken by my friend Jayesh Timbadia and posted by me on this site last year].
--- On Fri, 4/30/10, Alok Goyal <alok...@gmail.com> wrote: