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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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Nevertheless, the fact that our models performed reasonably well in light of the potential interpopulation (and ontogenetic) variation in our sample is encouraging; given the extensive zones of intergradation (Miller, 1931), such intermixing in shrike samples is more likely the rule than the exception.
I also contacted other biologists studying shrikes across the country, and visited shrike sites in Virginia and Ontario.
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At the end of this book, Lewrie is made commander of Shrike and the Revolutionary War ends.
The breeding grounds of seven of them, however, including the once common triller, skylark and thick-billed shrike, have declined markedly since the previous survey in 1978, the report said.