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1. Any of several magpies of the genus Cracticus, native to Australia and New Guinea, that impale their prey on thorns.
2. Any of various unrelated birds of North America, Asia, or Europe that behave similarly, especially the shrikes.
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1. (Animals) a shrike, esp one of the genus Lanius
2. (Animals) any of several Australian magpies of the genus Cracticus that impale their prey on thorns
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(ˈbʊtʃ ərˌbɜrd)

1. any of several Eurasian or North American shrikes of the genus Lanius.
2. any of various large, heavy-billed, highly vocal songbirds of the genus Cracticus, of Australia and New Guinea.
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.butcherbird - shrikes that impale their prey on thornsbutcherbird - shrikes that impale their prey on thorns
shrike - any of numerous Old World birds having a strong hooked bill that feed on smaller animals
genus Lanius, Lanius - type genus of the Laniidae: typical shrikes
European shrike, Lanius excubitor - a common European butcherbird
Lanius borealis, northern shrike - a butcherbird of northern North America
Lanius ludovicianus excubitorides, white-rumped shrike - a butcherbird of western North America; grey with white underparts
2.butcherbird - large carnivorous Australian bird with the shrike-like habit of impaling prey on thorns
Australian magpie - black-and-white oscine birds that resemble magpies
Cracticus, genus Cracticus - type genus of the Cracticidae: Australian butcherbirds
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Element 25 Ltd (ASX:E25) is on track to complete a pre-feasibility study (PFS) at the Butcherbird High Purity Manganese Project in WA later this quarter.
Species affected included rainbow lorikeet (Trichoglossus haematodus), scaly breasted lorikeet (Trichoglossus chlorolepidotus), tawny frogmouth (Podargus strigoides), southern boobook (Ninox novaeseelandiae), laughing kookaburra (Dacelo novaeguineae), crested tern (Thalasseus bergii), crested pigeon (Ocyphaps lophotes), Torresian crow (Corvus orru), and grey butcherbird (Cracticus torquatus) (Table 2).
Sometimes referred to as the Butcherbird, it preys on large insects, geckos, eggs, nestlings and the like.
Thus, she shows how La Guma uses spectral figures in hi the Fog of the Seasons' End (1972) and Time of the Butcherbird'(197 9) to mirror the haunting of communities under Apartheid, but interpreting their symbolism as "the promise of justice" where "human bonds of family and community may be renewed" (136).
This grass is thought of as alien weed and likened to the weik bird (most likely Black Butcherbird, Beehler et al.
Field traces strains of FWBT, DIA, and ARIT in La Guma's A Soviet Journey (1978) and Time of the Butcherbird (1979), concluding that EH's modernist mode of representation was sufficiently realist "to be unconditionally accommodated within the Soviet aesthetic of the 1970s"]
Sydney, Australia, Nov 15, 2011 - (ABN Newswire) - Montezuma Mining Company Limited (ASX:MZM) says today that further assay results from the recently completed drilling programme at the Butcherbird Copper Project have returned further high grade copper results, with a total of 61 metres of continuous copper mineralisation averaging 1.96% Cu and 228ppm Co.
Thus La Guma's fiction, which include A Walk in the Night (1962), And a Threefold Cord (1964), The Stone Country (1967), In the Fog of the Season's End (1972) and Time of the Butcherbird (1979) pass through a filter: gradual accentuation of revolutionary spirit to transcend the inanities and imbalance created by apartheid system.
"We have shown that females do, in fact, become especially attentive after hearing butcherbird calls," said Emma Greig, PhD, first author of the study and currently a postdoctoral researcher at Cornell University.
Other names for the loggerhead shrike include: "butcherbird" for its predatory nature and habit of impaling prey on barbed wire, thorns and other sharp objects; and "French mockingbird" for its similarity in color pattern to the northern mockingbird, from which it can be distinguished by the shorter, hooked bill, black mask, larger head and overall shorter proportions.
Other animals featuring in songs recorded to date include the Oenpelli Python (Morelia oenpelliensis ), a goanna ( Varanus panoptes), Long Neck Turtle (Chelodina rugosa) as well as numerous bird species such as the Partridge Pigeon (Geophaps smithii) and the Grey Butcherbird (Cracticus torquatus).