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Loggerhead Shrike

Capt. Lewis, June 10, 1805-- I saw a small bird today which I do not recollect ever having seen before, it is about the size of the blue thrush or catbird, and it's contour not unlike that bird.  the beak is convex, moderately curved, black, smoth, and large in proportion to its size.  the legs were black, it had four toes of the same colour on ea[c]h foot, and the nails appeared long and somewhat in form like the tallons of the haulk [hawk], the eye black and proportionately large.  a bluish brown colour occupyed the head, neck, and back, the belly was white; the tail was reather long in proportion and appeared to be composted of feathers of equal length of which a part of those in the center were white the others black. on each side of the head from the beak back to the neck a small black stripe extended imbrasing the eye.  it appeared to be very busy in catching insects which I presume is it's usual food;  I found the nest of this little bird, the female which differed but little in size or plumage from the male was seting on four eggs of a pale blue colour with small black freckles or dots. 

 
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