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  • n. Plural form of shrike.


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  • They were formerly included with the true shrikes in the family Laniidae, but Lanarius and related genera were separated into the bush-shrike family.

    Mystery bird: Ethiopian boubou, Laniarius aethiopicus

  • I've witnessed lots of bird predation, from loggerhead shrikes impaling lizards on a barbed-wire fence to bald eagles pinning and eating Canada geese on lake ice, but I've never seen anything quite as dramatic as this.

    Eagle Predation

  • Black mynahs, egrets, long-tailed shrikes, reed warblers, and Indian pond herons flitted through the dense foliage, and Himalayan kingfishers dropped like turquoise missiles into the water.

    Paradise Regained?

  • Apart from those species particularly associated with the sea and wetlands, there is also a considerable variety of forest birds such as woodpeckers, barbets, shrikes, drongos, mynahs, minivets, babblers and many others.

    Sundarbans, Bangladesh

  • I remembered, years before, watching red-backed shrikes a mile or so away, perhaps the last pair to breed in England.

    A Year on the Wing

  • Yet still these shrikes are shrieking for more victims, their shrillness piercing the air with a call to purge the universities of 'treason.'

    John Fund vs. Juan Cole: James Wolcott

  • He also has material on longdogs, cormorants, and shrikes.


  • Everywhere fly sandhill cranes and seabirds, myriad waterfowl and shorebirds, eagles, hawks, owls, shrikes and larks and longspurs, as well as a sprinkling of far-flung birds that migrate to the Arctic slope to breed and nest from every continent on earth.

    Inside the Endangered Arctic Refuge

  • Mayr (1970, p. 233), for example, tells us that “there are about 28,500 subspecies of birds in a total of 8,600 species, an average of 3.3 subspecies per species ¦ 79 species of swallows have an average of 2.6 subspecies, while 70 species of cuckoo shrikes average 4.6 subspecies”.

    Types and Tokens

  • He found no barbets, no trogons, no broadbills, no shrikes.

    The Song of The Dodo


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