shrike

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any of numerous Old World birds having a strong hooked bill that feed on smaller animals

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The Butcher Bird was invincible and attempts by the RAF to shoot it down led to disastrous losses in aircraft and pilots.
This comes from her collection Song Of The Butcher Bird (Flambard Press).
Rangers in Clocaenog Forest, Clwyd, have recorded at least three rare great grey shrikes, known as the butcher bird because of its violent feeding habits.
The fighter plane, nicknamed the Butcher Bird by its German pilots, ended up in the drink off Bergen in Norway on 15 December 1943.
Carcasses have been found across Clocaenog which bear testimony to the grisly feeding habits of the Great Grey Shrike -known as the Butcher Bird because of the horrific way it dispatches its prey.
My earliest memory of having mirror-touch is standing in my parents' garden in South Africa, aged six, watching butcher birds hang mice on the wire fence.