Definition of puffback in US English:


(also puff-back shrike)


  • A small black-and-white African shrike, the male of which displays by puffing up the feathers of the lower back.

    Genus Dryoscopus, family Laniidae: several species, in particular D. gambensis

    • ‘Fruit bats are particularly fond of the figs and even some insectivorous birds such as the Puffback shrike reportedly take the fruit.’
    • ‘The puffbacks are not hard to see — most species forage in open the canopies of bushes or short trees, often with mixed species flocks — but they are named from the loose feathers on the male's rump and lower back.’