Definition of cuckoo-shrike in English:


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  • A shrike-like Old World songbird, somewhat resembling a cuckoo when in flight, and typically with grey, black, or white plumage.
    • Family Campephagidae (the cuckoo-shrike family): several genera, especially Coracina and Campephaga, and numerous species. The cuckoo-shrike family also includes the cicadabirds, greybirds, minivets, and trillers
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    • Regulars in the yard were many, but the stand-outs were a white-crowned shama and a lesser cuckoo-shrike.
    • The richest passerine families were cuckoo-shrikes (five species) and starlings (four species).
    • Also very confusing were the cuckoo-shrikes and kingfishers.

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