Have you ever heard of a butcherbird? If you haven’t, you might be picturing a murderous bird wielding a bloody ax. If so, you’re not off by much.
A butcherbird, otherwise known as a loggerhead shrike, is a songbird with raptor-like tendencies. It is about the size of a cardinal, but gray with black wings and tail and with a bandit’s black mask. Its head is large in comparison to its body size, which is where the name loggerhead comes from.