loggerhead shrike

noun

Definition of loggerhead shrike

: a large-headed gray shrike (Lanius ludovicianus) of North America with a black mask around the eyes

Examples of loggerhead shrike in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web In a single day early in his career, Seriff could spot several of the fierce little predators called loggerhead shrikes. Bruce Henderson, charlotteobserver, "Carolina birders took notes for 150 years. Many of the species they saw are gone. | Charlotte Observer," 12 Apr. 2018 On the down side, the CBC data is helping to track the steady declines of such iconic North American species as Northern bobwhite, American kestrel and loggerhead shrike. James F. Mccarty, cleveland.com, "Christmas Bird Counts to document the snowy owl irruption underway in Northeast Ohio (photos)," 8 Dec. 2017

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First Known Use of loggerhead shrike

1811, in the meaning defined above

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“Loggerhead shrike.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/loggerhead%20shrike. Accessed 3 Aug. 2020.

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