Definitions of butcherbird
  1. noun
    shrikes that impale their prey on thorns
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    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
    type of:
    any of numerous Old World birds having a strong hooked bill that feed on smaller animals
  2. noun
    large carnivorous Australian bird with the shrike-like habit of impaling prey on thorns
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    Australian magpie
    black-and-white oscine birds that resemble magpies
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