Definition of red-backed shrike in US English:

red-backed shrike

noun

  • A shrike, Lanius collurio (family Laniidae), the male of which has a chestnut back and grey crown, widespread in Eurasia and East Africa (and, formerly, in Britain).

Origin

Late 18th century; earliest use found in Thomas Pennant (1726–1798), naturalist, traveller, and writer.