Hyena in Fausset's Bible Dictionary
Jeremiah 12:9, "speckled bird." But Septuagint "the hyena," in
parallelism to the "lion" in Jeremiah 12:8; tsabuwa the Arabic
word for hyena corresponds. Zeboim (1 Samuel 13:18) means "the
valley of hyenas." But the Hebrew 'ayit joined to it always
means a bird; and "speckled" symbolizes the blending of
paganism with the utterly diverse, divinely-ordained law.