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Related to butcherbird: Cracticus


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.


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


(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.
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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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.
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 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).
Which British bird is also called the butcherbird because of its habit of hanging dead insects on bushes?
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A further instance of this syntactic foreshadowing is found at the beginning of Time of the Butcherbird.