One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A shrike-like Old World songbird, somewhat resembling a cuckoo when in flight, and typically with grey, black, or white plumage.
- ‘Sibley & Monroe placed them next to cuckoo-shrikes, but also included the six species of leafbirds in the family Irenidae and that approach was followed by Clements.’
- ‘Also very confusing were the cuckoo-shrikes and kingfishers.’
- ‘Regulars in the yard were many, but the stand-outs were a white-crowned shama and a lesser cuckoo-shrike.’
- ‘Contrary to what its name suggests, the black-faced cuckoo-shrike is not related to either the cuckoo or the shrike.’
- ‘The richest passerine families were cuckoo-shrikes (five species) and starlings (four species).’
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