The Shrike in the TV series
|Mate||Unnamed shrike (books)|
|First Book Appearance||The Animals of Farthing Wood|
|First TV Appearance||New Friends, Old Enemies|
|Voiced by|| Jeremy Barrett
Benno Hoffmann (Germany)
The Shrike (also known as the Butcher Bird) is a shrike who appears in the first book and the TV series. In the book it kills several of the fieldmice and voles, including all the newborn babies. In the TV series it only kills the newborn fieldmice. The shrike is seen carrying a baby fieldmouse by the other animals and its larder is quickly discovered by Hare, who also sees the shrike's mate in the thorn bush. He sees that the dead baby mice have been gruesomely impaled among the bloodly thorns.
In the TV series the shrike is seen by Fox as he makes his way back to the other animals, and tells Fox about Hare and Badger. It later tells Vixen to run for her life as she tries to escape from the hunt, taking obvious pleasure in her peril. In the book neither of the foxes encounter the shrike, but Fox does come across its larder and sees the dead voles and fieldmice, which shows him that he is heading the right way towards his friends.
The gender of the shrike is unknown, but it is mostly likely male as male shrikes are usually the ones who hunt, plus in the TV series it has a male voice, has the typical colors of a male bird and is referred to by Kestrel as male.
The shrike became extinct within the UK only a few years after the first book was published. But since 2010 the shrike has returned to the british isle in small numbers.
|Minor characters from the TV series|
|Baby Fieldmice • Baby Newt • Baby Rabbits • Barn Owl • Betsy Griggs • Bruno • Carp • Fieldmouse • Hare • Hedgehog • Horse • Mrs Fieldmouse • Mrs Hedgehog • Mrs Hare • Mrs Newt • Mrs Pheasant • Mrs Rabbit • Mrs Shrew • Mrs Squirrel • Mrs Vole • Newt • Pheasant • Pike • Rabbit • Rooks • Shrew • Shrike • Squirrel • Thrush • Tom • Tom Griggs • Vole|
|Bounder • Cat • Crow • Dreamer • Edible Frogs • Leveret • Mateless • Paddock • Poachers • Ranger's sister • Red Squirrels • Stoat|
|Hare • Bats • Butch • Colonel Donk • Farthinghurst Owl • Farthinghurst Rook • Jeff • Laird • Moth-Eaten Rook • Nat • Piglet • Robin • Scragg • Sheep • Sooty • Terrapins • Wild Boar • Wildcats • Woodpecker|
|Minor characters from the book series|
|The Animals of Farthing Wood|
|Barn Owl • Betsy Griggs • Carp • Fieldmouse • Hare • Hedgehog • Horse • Jack • Leveret • Lizard • Mrs Hare • Mrs Pheasant • Mrs Vole • Pheasant • Pike • Rabbit • Rooks • Squirrel • Shrike • Tom Griggs • Vole|
|In the Grip of Winter|
|Edible Frogs • Ginger Cat • Paddock • Poachers • Stoat|
|Blaze • Dreamer • Mirthful • Ranger's cousin • Russet|
|The Fox Cub Bold|
|Magpie • Robber|
|The Siege of White Deer Park|
|Husky • Pace • Rusty • The Beast • Trip|
|In the Path of the Storm|
|Bats • Sooty|
|Battle for the Park|