noun. any of numerous Old World birds having a strong hooked bill that feed on smaller animals.
- family Laniidae
- bush shrike
- oscine bird
- loggerhead shrike
- Lanius lucovicianus
- Lanius ludovicianus migrans
noun. crow-sized black-and-white bird; a good mimic often caged.
- Gymnorhina tibicen
- genus Gymnorhina
- piping crow
Example sentences of the word shrike
1. Noun, singular or mass
But looking down from above, the shrike would spot any chameleon that didn't blend in perfectly with his background.
Another natural enemy of potato bugs include birds from the shrike family, which use thorny bushes or barbed-wire fences to remove the head from the bug's body.