Definition of woodchat in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈwo͝odˌCHat/
(also woodchat shrike)


A shrike of southern Europe, North Africa, and the Middle East, having black and white plumage with a chestnut head.
  • Lanius senator, family Laniidae.
Example sentences
  • Although the same size as a red-backed shrike, the woodchat gives an impression of being smaller and more compact.
  • The songbird family of shrikes that is responsible for such carnage is well represented by the woodchat shrike, pictured here grappling with a lizard.
  • However I did log a woodchat shrike, numerous barn and red-rumped swallows, a veritable swarm of common swifts, and a common buzzard.

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Syllabification: wood·chat

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