For the purposes of our bird news services, this species is classed as Scarce: broadly speaking, species that are covered in British Birds' annual review of scarce species (and forms of similar rarity).
Most recent UK and Irish reports of Red-backed Shrike
Red-backed Shrike breeds in the following countries (Bird News Extra subscribers will see population statistics and information on trends for each country, and a map of population densities):
Albania Andorra Armenia Austria Azerbaijan Belarus Belgium Bosnia and Herzegovina Bulgaria Croatia Cyprus Czech Republic Denmark Estonia Finland France Georgia Germany Greece Hungary Italy Latvia Lichtenstein Lithuania Luxembourg Macedonia Moldova Netherlands Norway Poland Portugal Romania Russia Serbia and Montenegro Slovakia Slovenia Spain Sweden Switzerland Turkey Ukraine
Days to RememberBirding in East Africa — Lesser Kestrels and Red-backed Shrikes
Birding abroad can often be an eye-opener, in terms of culture, scenery and unfamiliar birds. However, it can also provide some fantastic spectacles of some of our scarcer species and rarities. Peter Turner recounts two exceptional events from the 1970s when he was in East Africa. log in
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