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 for Swallow shrike
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Shrike \Shrike\, n. [Akin to Icel. skr[imac]kja a shrieker, the
     shrike, and E. shriek; cf. AS. scr[imac]c a thrush. See
     Shriek, v. i.] (Zool.)
     Any one of numerous species of oscinine birds of the family
     Laniidae, having a strong hooked bill, toothed at the tip.
     Most shrikes are insectivorous, but the common European gray
     shrike ({Lanius excubitor), the great northern shrike
     ({Lanius borealis), and several others, kill mice, small
     birds, etc., and often impale them on thorns, and are, on
     that account called also butcher birds. See under
     Butcher.
     [1913 Webster]
  
     Note: The ant shrikes, or bush shrikes, are clamatorial birds
           of the family Formicaridae. The cuckoo shrikes of the
           East Indies and Australia are Oscines of the family
           Campephagidae. The drongo shrikes of the same regions
           belong to the related family Dicruridae. See
           Drongo.
           [1913 Webster]
  
     Crow shrike. See under Crow.
  
     Shrike thrush.
     (a) Any one of several species of Asiatic timaline birds of
         the genera Thamnocataphus, Gampsorhynchus, and
         allies.
     (b) Any one of several species of shrikelike Australian
         singing birds of the genus Colluricincla.
  
     Shrike tit.
     (a) Any one of several Australian birds of the genus
         Falcunculus, having a strong toothed bill and sharp
         claws. They creep over the bark of trees, like titmice,
         in search of insects.
     (b) Any one of several species of small Asiatic birds
         belonging to Allotrius, Pteruthius, Cutia,
         Leioptila, and allied genera, related to the true tits.
         Called also hill tit.
  
     Swallow shrike. See under Swallow.
        [1913 Webster]

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Swallow \Swal"low\, n. [OE. swalowe, AS. swalewe, swealwe; akin
     to D. zwaluw, OHG. swalawa, G. schwalbe, Icel. & Sw. svala,
     Dan. svale.]
     1. (Zool.) Any one of numerous species of passerine birds of
        the family Hirundinidae, especially one of those species
        in which the tail is deeply forked. They have long,
        pointed wings, and are noted for the swiftness and
        gracefulness of their flight.
        [1913 Webster]
  
     Note: The most common North American species are the barn
           swallow (see under Barn), the cliff, or eaves,
           swallow (see under Cliff), the white-bellied, or
           tree, swallow ({Tachycineta bicolor), and the bank
           swallow (see under Bank). The common European swallow
           ({Chelidon rustica), and the window swallow, or martin
           ({Chelidon urbica), are familiar species.
           [1913 Webster]
  
     2. (Zool.) Any one of numerous species of swifts which
        resemble the true swallows in form and habits, as the
        common American chimney swallow, or swift.
        [1913 Webster]
  
     3. (Naut.) The aperture in a block through which the rope
        reeves. --Ham. Nav. Encyc.
        [1913 Webster]
  
     Swallow plover (Zool.), any one of several species of
        fork-tailed ploverlike birds of the genus Glareola, as
        Glareola orientalis of India; a pratincole.
  
     Swallow shrike (Zool.), any one of several species of East
        Indian and Asiatic birds of the family Artamiidae,
        allied to the shrikes but similar to swallows in
        appearance and habits. The ashy swallow shrike ({Artamus
        fuscus) is common in India.
  
     Swallow warbler (Zool.), any one of numerous species of
        East Indian and Australian singing birds of the genus
        Dicaeum. They are allied to the honeysuckers.
        [1913 Webster]

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

  swallow shrike
      n 1: Australasian and Asiatic bird related to the shrikes and
           resembling a swallow [syn: wood swallow, swallow
           shrike]

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