Laniidae, in allen Erdteilen vorkommende Fam. kräftiger, offenes Gelände bewohnender Singvögel; einheim. sind Raub-W., Schwarzstirn-W., Rotkopf-W., Neuntöter.
Sinonimi: strangler tree
An epiphytic vine or tree whose aerial roots extend down the trunk of a supporting tree and coalesce around it eventually strangling the tree; SYN. strangler tree.
ETYM Akin to Icel. skrîkja a shrieker, the shrike, and Eng. shriek; cf. AS. scrîc a thrush. Related to Shriek.
Any of numerous Old World birds having a strong hooked bill that feed on smaller animals.
“Butcher-bird” of the family Laniidae, of which there are over 70 species, living mostly in Africa, but also in Eurasia and North America. They often impale insects and small vertebrates on thorns. They can grow to 35 cm/14 in long, and have gray, black, or brown plumage.