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butcher bird,

predatory songbird found in most parts of the world except Australia and South America. The plumage of the European and North American species is mostly gray, black, and white; the tail is long and rounded, and the wings are rather short. Some African species are brilliantly colored. The name butcher bird reflects its habit of impaling its prey—small birds and mammals and large insects—on a thorn or sharp twig before tearing it apart with its strong, tip-hooked beak. North American shrikes include the loggerhead, great gray or northern, and California shrikes. Shrikes are classified in the phylum ChordataChordata
, phylum of animals having a notochord, or dorsal stiffening rod, as the chief internal skeletal support at some stage of their development. Most chordates are vertebrates (animals with backbones), but the phylum also includes some small marine invertebrate animals.
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, subphylum Vertebrata, class Aves, order Passeriformes, family Laniidae.


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1. any songbird of the chiefly Old World family Laniidae, having a heavy hooked bill and feeding on smaller animals which they sometimes impale on thorns, barbed wire, etc.
2. any of various similar but unrelated birds, such as the cuckoo shrikes
3. shrike thrush or tit another name for thickhead (the bird)
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The great grey shrike is the latest in a growing list of rare birds to visit Clocaenog.
Great grey shrikes came with the colder weather: one at RSPB Valley Lakes, another at Fenn's Moss.
Great Grey Shrikes were at Glyndyfrdwy and Llyn Eigiau, and Twite at Connah's Quay and Llanfairfechan.
Great grey shrikes, like the other species, store surplus food by the rather grisly habit of impaling it on a thorn
The colder weather also marked the arrival of Great Grey Shrikes across Wales, with birds at Cemaes Bay and at Llangywair (Llangower) near Bala.
Two Great Grey Shrikes are still in residence in Clocaenog Forest.
Great Grey Shrikes were at World's End and Llyn Brenig, while the hardy winter residents of Bardsey spotted Hen Harrier, Glaucous Gull and Short-eared Owl last week.
Gorgeous great grey shrikes still hunt at Bosley,Cheshire; Clocaenog Forest and Stocks Reservoir up in the Pennine fells.