Crow shrike
Shrike Shrike, n. [Akin to Icel. skr[=i]kja a shrieker, the shrike, and E. shriek; cf. AS. scr[=i]c a thrush. See {Shriek}, v. i.] (Zo["o]l.) Any one of numerous species of oscinine birds of the family {Laniid[ae]}, having a strong hooked bill, toothed at the tip. Most shrikes are insectivorous, but the common European gray shrike ({Lanius excubitor}), the great northern shrike ({L. borealis}), and several others, kill mice, small birds, etc., and often impale them on thorns, and are, on that account called also {butcher birds}. See under {Butcher}. [1913 Webster]

Note: The ant shrikes, or bush shrikes, are clamatorial birds of the family {Formicarid[ae]}. The cuckoo shrikes of the East Indies and Australia are Oscines of the family {Campephagid[ae]}. The drongo shrikes of the same regions belong to the related family {Dicrurid[ae]}. See {Drongo}. [1913 Webster]

{Crow shrike}. See under {Crow}.

{Shrike thrush}. (a) Any one of several species of Asiatic timaline birds of the genera {Thamnocataphus}, {Gampsorhynchus}, and allies. (b) Any one of several species of shrikelike Australian singing birds of the genus {Colluricincla}.

{Shrike tit}. (a) Any one of several Australian birds of the genus {Falcunculus}, having a strong toothed bill and sharp claws. They creep over the bark of trees, like titmice, in search of insects. (b) Any one of several species of small Asiatic birds belonging to {Allotrius}, {Pteruthius}, {Cutia}, {Leioptila}, and allied genera, related to the true tits. Called also {hill tit}.

{Swallow shrike}. See under {Swallow}. [1913 Webster]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

Look at other dictionaries:

  • Crow shrike — Crow Crow, n. [AS. cr[=a]we a crow (in sense 1); akin to D. kraai, G. kr[aum]he; cf. Icel. kr[=a]ka crow. So named from its cry, from AS. cr[=a]wan to crow. See {Crow}, v. i. ] [1913 Webster] 1. (Zo[ o]l.) A bird, usually black, of the genus… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • crow-shrike — ˈ ̷ ̷| ̷ ̷ noun : any of several Australian butcher birds or currawongs (especially Cracticus nigrogularis, C. torquatus, or Strepera graculina) compare piping crow * * * crowˈ shrike noun A piping crow (see under ↑pipe1) • • • Main Entry: ↑crow …   Useful english dictionary

  • crow-shrike — /ˈkroʊ ʃraɪk/ (say kroh shruyk) noun (formerly) a name applied, with varying distinguishing epithets as black, grey, etc., to various butcherbirds, currawongs, or Australian magpies. See piping shrike. {crow1 + shrike, from the resemblance to… …   Australian English dictionary

  • Piping crow shrike — Piping Pip ing (p[imac]p [i^]ng), a. [From {Pipe}, v.] 1. Playing on a musical pipe. Lowing herds and piping swains. Swift. [1913 Webster] 2. Peaceful; favorable to, or characterized by, the music of the pipe rather than of the drum and fife.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • piping crow-shrike — noun crow sized black and white bird; a good mimic often caged • Syn: ↑piping crow, ↑Gymnorhina tibicen • Hypernyms: ↑Australian magpie • Member Holonyms: ↑Gymnorhina, ↑genus Gymnorhina * * * …   Useful english dictionary

  • Shrike — Shrike, n. [Akin to Icel. skr[=i]kja a shrieker, the shrike, and E. shriek; cf. AS. scr[=i]c a thrush. See {Shriek}, v. i.] (Zo[ o]l.) Any one of numerous species of oscinine birds of the family {Laniid[ae]}, having a strong hooked bill, toothed… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Shrike thrush — Shrike Shrike, n. [Akin to Icel. skr[=i]kja a shrieker, the shrike, and E. shriek; cf. AS. scr[=i]c a thrush. See {Shriek}, v. i.] (Zo[ o]l.) Any one of numerous species of oscinine birds of the family {Laniid[ae]}, having a strong hooked bill,… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Shrike tit — Shrike Shrike, n. [Akin to Icel. skr[=i]kja a shrieker, the shrike, and E. shriek; cf. AS. scr[=i]c a thrush. See {Shriek}, v. i.] (Zo[ o]l.) Any one of numerous species of oscinine birds of the family {Laniid[ae]}, having a strong hooked bill,… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Crow — Crow, n. [AS. cr[=a]we a crow (in sense 1); akin to D. kraai, G. kr[aum]he; cf. Icel. kr[=a]ka crow. So named from its cry, from AS. cr[=a]wan to crow. See {Crow}, v. i. ] [1913 Webster] 1. (Zo[ o]l.) A bird, usually black, of the genus {Corvus} …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Crow blackbird — Crow Crow, n. [AS. cr[=a]we a crow (in sense 1); akin to D. kraai, G. kr[aum]he; cf. Icel. kr[=a]ka crow. So named from its cry, from AS. cr[=a]wan to crow. See {Crow}, v. i. ] [1913 Webster] 1. (Zo[ o]l.) A bird, usually black, of the genus… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

Share the article and excerpts

Direct link
Do a right-click on the link above
and select “Copy Link”