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The Butcher Bird

It doesn't wear a white apron. It doesn't wield a cleaver. Yet for those who've seen the creature in action, its vernacular name, the Butcher Bird, seems perfectly appropriate.

Otherwise known as the Loggerhead Shrike -- or Lanius Ludovicianus to scientists -- the Butcher Bird feeds primarily on large insects like locusts. And when these insects become scarce, such as happens in the winter, it looks for small birds or mice. Whichever it finds, the Butcher Bird promptly takes its victim to a thorny plant or barbed-wire fence and impales the animal. Thus skewered, the bird, mouse, or insect is then torn apart -- into steaks, chops, and so forth -- for easier consumption.

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