Definition of puffback in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈpəfbak/
(also puff-back shrike)


A small black-and-white African shrike, the male of which displays by puffing up the feathers of the lower back.
  • Genus Dryoscopus, family Laniidae: several species, in particular D. gambensis.
Example sentences
  • Fruit bats are particularly fond of the figs and even some insectivorous birds such as the Puffback shrike reportedly take the fruit.
  • The puffbacks are not hard to see — most species forage in open the canopies of bushes or short trees, often with mixed species flocks — but they are named from the loose feathers on the male's rump and lower back.

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Syllabification: puff·back

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