Shrikes are part of the Laniidae family of birds. Of the 74 species of shrikes, only two live in North America. They are large-head songbirds with sharp claws and hooked beaks. Most of these birds are found in the open country where they hang out on high lookouts to search for prey.  They have a distinct hawk-like behavior. Once prey is caught, they secure it by impaling it on fences or thorns, making it easy to tear the prey apart with their beaks to eat. Impaling is also used to store their food.  They eat beetles, lizards, frogs, small birds, and small mammals.