Eastern Loggerhead Shrikes frequent a very specific habitat. It seems to be characterized but not limited to the following:
- smaller trees preferably with dead branches, telephone wires or other similar perches that provide them with a vantage point above their prey.
no larger trees in which other larger predators can prey upon them.
- shorter grasses and plants which provide habitat for their favourite meals yet which provide visibility to their victims. This should be a relatively small area surrounded by an abundance of perches.
- deciduous trees like red cedar which not only provide perching opportunities but serve as nesting sites.
- a few of the pricklier tree species such as hawthorn which will allow the shrike to impale its victim before dining on it.
Pasture land can make an ideal habitat for the Eastern Loggerhead Shrike.
Because the Eastern Loggerhead Shrike is so specific in its habitat, it is becoming more difficult for it to survive as the quantity of pasture land shrinks. The intrusion of people and the uses of chemicals may also be contributing factors to the shrike's decline.