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any of three species of tropical American songbirds, characterized by a stout, slightly hooked bill (like the true shrikes, family Laniidae) but with anatomical features that ally them with the vireos (family Vireonidae). Shrike-vireos are usually considered a distinct family, Vireolaniidae (order Passeriformes), but some authorities include them in the vireos.

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Encyclopedia Britannica, 2008. Encyclopedia Britannica Online.
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