okay wow yeah
he is kind of cute in a creepy way
like a puppy with red glowing eyes or something
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Unique Impaling Behavior of Shrikes
by Jolle Jolles
There are many fascinating stories to be told about the unique feeding behaviours of the 10,000 or so bird species that roam the earth. From hitting your head against a tree trunk 20 times a second, eating bones, drinking nectar, or cleaning a crocodiles teeth! However, one of the most ferocious and graphic ones must be that of the shrike family.
Shrikes are formidable hunters that have the habit of catching insects and small mammals and impaling their dead bodies on thorns! Since they don’t have clawed feet this peculiar behaviour helps them to tear their prey into small eatable pieces. It furthermore serves as a cache so that the shrike can come back later, which may help males to impress a female (Yosef & Pinshow, 2005). Impressingly, the impaling behaviour of shrikes have even enabled them to eat extremely toxic grasshoppers by waiting for 1-2 days for the toxins to degrade (Yosef & Whitman, 1992).
The amazing picture above was taken by Glenn Vermeersch (http://www.pbase.com/glennv/) and shows the impaling behaviour in all its detail. Here is his story about how he managed to get this amazing shot…
(read more: Mudfooted) (images: Glenn Vermeersch)
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