Definition of northern shrike in English:

northern shrike


  • (More fully "great northern shrike") a large migratory shrike with grey and black upperparts, white underparts, and a black mask, Lanius borealis, which breeds in northern regions of Eurasia and North America.

    Occasionally classified as the great grey shrike, L. excubitor, or a subspecies of this.


Late 18th century; earliest use found in John Latham (1740–1837), naturalist.