loggerhead shrike
butcher bird utcher bird, butcher-bird utcher-bird, butcherbird utcherbird . 1. (Zo["o]l.) any species of shrike of the genus {Lanius}, so called because they impale their prey on thorns. [1913 Webster + WordNet 1.5]

2. (Zo["o]l.) large carnivorous Australian bird with the shrikelike habit of impaling prey on thorns. [WordNet 1.5]

Note: The {Lanius excubitor} is the common butcher bird of Europe. In England, the bearded tit is sometimes called the {lesser butcher bird}. The American species are {Lanius borealis}, or {northern butcher bird}, and {Lanius Ludovicianus} or {loggerhead shrike}. The name butcher bird is derived from its habit of suspending its prey impaled upon thorns, after killing it. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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  • loggerhead shrike — ☆ loggerhead shrike n. a common North American shrike (Lanius ludovicianus), white below with black markings on the upper parts …   English World dictionary

  • Loggerhead Shrike — Taxobox name = Loggerhead Shrike status = LC | status system = IUCN3.1 regnum = Animalia phylum = Chordata classis = Aves ordo = Passeriformes familia = Laniidae genus = Lanius species = L. ludovicianus binomial = Lanius ludovicianus binomial… …   Wikipedia

  • loggerhead shrike — amerikinė medšarkė statusas T sritis zoologija | vardynas atitikmenys: lot. Lanius ludovicianus angl. loggerhead shrike vok. Louisianawürger, m rus. американский жулан, m; американский сорокопут, m pranc. pie grièche migratrice, f ryšiai:… …   Paukščių pavadinimų žodynas

  • loggerhead shrike — noun a common shrike of southeastern United States having black bands around the eyes • Syn: ↑Lanius lucovicianus • Hypernyms: ↑shrike • Member Holonyms: ↑Lanius, ↑genus Lanius * * * noun …   Useful english dictionary

  • loggerhead shrike — log′gerhead shrike′ n. orn a North American shrike, Lanius ludovicianus, gray above and white below with black wings, tail, and facial mask • Etymology: 1805–15, amer …   From formal English to slang

  • loggerhead shrike — noun Date: 1811 a large headed gray shrike (Lanius ludovicianus) of North America with a black mask around the eyes …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • loggerhead shrike — a common, North American shrike, Lanius ludovicianus, gray above and white below with black wings, tail, and facial mask. [1805 15, Amer.] * * * …   Universalium

  • Loggerhead — may refer to:* Loggerhead Sea Turtle, the most common sea turtle to nest in the United States * Loggerhead Shrike, a passerine bird, the only member of the shrike family endemic to North America * USS Loggerhead (SS 374), a Balao class submarine …   Wikipedia

  • Shrike — Taxobox name = Shrikes image caption = Loggerhead Shrike regnum = Animalia phylum = Chordata classis = Aves ordo = Passeriformes subordo = Passeri familia = Laniidae subdivision ranks = Genera subdivision = * Lanius * Eurocephalus * Corvinella… …   Wikipedia

  • shrike — /shruyk/, n. 1. any of numerous predaceous oscine birds of the family Laniidae, having a strong, hooked, and toothed bill, feeding on insects and sometimes on small birds and other animals: the members of certain species impale their prey on… …   Universalium

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