Definition of bokmakierie in English:


(also bokmakierie shrike)


  • A bush shrike with conspicuous yellow underparts and a black band across the breast, common in southern Africa.

    • ‘An opulent jewel in the dusty, cracked landscape, it became a haven for birds, being visited by pied kingfishers, mountain chats, spoonbills, bokmakieries, a pair of black-shouldered kites.’
    • ‘The bokmakieries, canaries and a colony of vivid European bee-eaters that I spotted gave me just a glimpse of the nearly two hundred bird species that inhabit the reserve.’
    • ‘The pure, liquid sounds of two bokmakieries perched in an Acacia thorn tree carry through the air.’
    • ‘More visits to the area during the following week revealed no sign of immature bokmakieries, which suggests the probability of predation.’
    • ‘Neddickies, sunbirds, sugar birds, starlings, bokmakieries, Cape robins, bulbuls and several other species are indigenous to this area, and provide excellent birdwatching opportunities.’
    • ‘At night you can hear the call of the Cape Eagle owl and during the day you might see bokmakieries, sunbirds, sugar birds, steppe buzzards, heron and many many more.’


Mid 19th century: from Afrikaans, imitative of its call.