cuckoo shrike

noun

Definition of cuckoo shrike

: any of numerous Old World birds somewhat like flycatchers in habits constituting the family Campephagidae but formerly often included in the family Laniidae and differing from the true shrikes especially in their undulating flight resembling that of the cuckoo

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“Cuckoo shrike.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/cuckoo%20shrike. Accessed 24 Jan. 2021.

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