Any of various carnivorous songbirds of the family Laniidae, having a screeching call and a strong hooked bill and often impaling its prey on sharp-pointed thorns or barbs of wire fencing.
Any of a family (Laniidae) of predatory, shrill-voiced passerine birds with hooked beaks, gray, black, and white plumage, and long tails: most types feed on insects, some on small birds, frogs, etc., which they may impale on thorns before eating.
Any of various passerinebirds of the family Laniidae which are known for their habit of catching other birds and small animals and impaling the uneaten portions of their bodies on thorns.
Origin of shrike
Probably from Middle English shrikfrom Old English scrīcthrush
American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
Shrike Sentence Examples
Brown shrike (3 ), Singles at KS, TK & PI (very few shrikes seen overall) 208.
Brown Shrike (3), Singles at KS, TK & PI (very few shrikes seen overall) 208.
Around the shore we found Tawny Pipit and Rufous-tailed Lark as well as a quite confiding Southern Gray Shrike.
Species lost to Herefordshire in the last 25 years have included breeding corncrake and red-backed shrike.
Retracing our steps to the entrance added Bull-headed Shrike and oriental greenfinches.