butcherbird

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English[edit]

Butcherbirds
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Etymology[edit]

butcher +‎ bird, from its habit of hanging its prey.

Noun[edit]

butcherbird (plural butcherbirds)

  1. Any of the magpie-like birds in the genus Cracticus, family Artamidae, of Australia and New Guinea.
    • 1934, Henry G. Lamond, An Aviary On The Plains, page 47:
      A butcher bird has stirred, tuned its flute with a few preparatory notes.
  2. (US) Any of the shrikes in the genus Lanius.
  3. (South Africa) The fiscal shrike, Lanius collaris.

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