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  • Once more, the tiny butcher-bird of Rwanda is pecking at the eyes of the dying elephant which is the Congo.

    Africa: The Hard Truth

  • The hoopoe, which the French absurdly call coq de montagne, also trotted by the path-side without timidity; and the butcher-bird impudently reviewed the caravan from its vantage-ground, a commanding tree.

    The Land of Midian

  • The only birds observed in winter are grouse, ptarmigan, a small species of wood-pecker, butcher-bird, and the diminutive tomtit.

    Notes of a Twenty-Five Years' Service in the Hudson's Bay Territory Volume II. (of 2)

  • With the exception of the brown shrike (_Lanius cristatus_), which is merely a winter visitor to India, the rufous-backed shrike (_L. erythronotus_) is the only butcher-bird common on the Nilgiris.

    Birds of the Indian Hills

  • Four species of butcher-bird may perhaps be classed among the common birds of the Himalayas; but they are inhabitants of the lower ranges only.

    Birds of the Indian Hills

  • A bird having a broad black band through the eye is probably a shrike, and if the bird in question habitually sits on an exposed branch or other point of vantage, and from thence swoops on to the ground to secure some insect, the probability of its being a butcher-bird becomes a certainty.

    Birds of the Indian Hills

  • This is clothed mainly in grey; however, it has a broad black band running through the eye -- the escutcheon of the butcher-bird clan.

    A Bird Calendar for Northern India

  • And the day before he had seen a butcher-bird skimming low over the meadow.

    The Tale of Master Meadow Mouse

  • But the most one sees of the burrowers, gophers, and mice is the fresh earthwork of their newly opened doors, or the pitiful small shreds the butcher-bird hangs on spiny shrubs.

    The Land of Little Rain

  • He glanced up again at the butcher-bird, and rose to his feet.

    A Young Man in a Hurry and Other Short Stories


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  • Nickname for the Northern Shrike. (Not to be confused with actual butcherbirds of Australia and Asia.)

    December 7, 2007