Lanius borealis
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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  • Lanius excubitor — 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… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Lanius Ludovicianus — 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… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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  • Lanius excubitor — 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

  • L borealis — 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

  • Great Grey Shrike — Nominate subspecies Lanius excubitor excubitor Note Striped Field Mouse (Apodemus agrarius) prey propped up on thorn Conservation status …   Wikipedia

  • butcherbird — noun 1. shrikes that impale their prey on thorns • Hypernyms: ↑shrike • Hyponyms: ↑European shrike, ↑Lanius excubitor, ↑northern shrike, ↑Lanius borealis, ↑white rumped shrike, ↑ …   Useful english dictionary

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