🌏 Region(s): Honshu (Standard)
はやにえ【早贄】 : hayanie | define meaning
- Prey impaled on a sharp point, such as a thorn or twig, for easier or later consumption by a shrike or butcherbird
Of Japanese origin. Derived from はや【早】 haya "early; fast; quick" and にえ【贄】 nie "sacrifice; offering".
Typically, shrikes and butcherbirds exhibit this behaviour in fall and winter in order to stock up on food sources that become more scarce. They may also do so in order to rip their food apart more easily. Their prey may include anything from insects, to crustaceans, to lizards, to amphibians.