Grey Butcherbird

Other birds in the same family include the Australian Magpie, the Currawongs, Woodswallows and other members of the Butcherbird genus Cracticus.

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The Grey Butcherbird is classified as Least Concern. Does not qualify for a more at risk category. Widespread and abundant taxa are included in this category.

The adult Grey Butcherbird has a black crown and face and a grey back, with a thin white collar. The wings are grey, with large areas of white and the underparts are white. The grey and black bill is large, with a small hook at the tip of the upper bill. The eye is dark brown and the legs and feet are dark grey. Both sexes are similar in plumage, but the females are slightly smaller than the males. More

Immature Grey Butcherbird in my garden in Churchill, Victoria, Australia, February 2007 - Overwhelmed? There's a lot to see here. Try starting at our homepage. Back to the top Copyright More

The Grey Butcherbird (Cracticus torquatus) is a widely distributed species endemic to Australia. The Grey Butcherbird occurs in a range of different habitats including arid, semi-arid and temperate zones. It has a characteristic "rollicking" birdsong. It appears to be adapting well to city living, and can be encountered in the suburbs of many Australian cities including Sydney and Brisbane. The Grey Butcherbird has a reputation as a vicious species as it preys on small vertebrates including other birds. More

* Grey butcherbird in park next to houses. Grey butcherbird in a park near houses. More

Movement: Grey butcherbirds are viscious predators of small birds. As parents they will fiercly defend intruders from their nest. They will attack and snap their sharp, hooked bills. photo unavailable Other Common Names: Collard crow-shrike, laughing jackass. Status: Distribution: Abundance: Queensland Museum (1995) Wildlife of Greater Brisbane, Queensland Museum, Brisbane. More

Grey Butcherbird Distribution Butcherbird Sitting On Fence Butcherbird Sitting On Fence Image: 768×560 59KB Date & Time: 4 January 2006 16:45 Place: Birdsland Reserve, Belgrave South Butcherbirds are quite common and have a distinctive carolling call. They are smaller than the more common Australian Magpie and have a distinctive hooked beak. Males and females are alike, pretty much for all four Butcherbird species. More

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grey butcherbird sitting on a tree This is a picture of Larry our beautiful grey-backed butcherbird. Grey butcherbirds are much smaller in size than their cousins the Pied-butcherbirds. The two species do not share the same territory. We first met Larry and his mate Harrie in July 2002. Maggie our magpie had brought his new queen Vicky to the paddocks below the hills where they formed their new breeding territory. More

Family of Grey Butcherbirds which regularly visit my balcony in Perth One hand feeds but didn't yesterday Suddenly threw up what looks like a cocoon Ive found these before are they indigestible food? What noice does a butcherbird make? Alex LaGuma characters in time of the butcherbird? Post a question - any question - to the WikiAnswers community: Copyrights: Dictionary. More

Grey ButcherbirdsThe Grey Butcherbird (Cracticus torquatus) is a bird native to Australian mangroves. The Grey Butcherbird is found in all state and territories and has a well liked birdsong. It appears to be adapting well to city living, and can be encountered in urban Sydney. Other birds in the same family include the Australian Magpie and the Pied Butcherbird. More

Grey Butcherbird Size: 24-30cm Habitat: Located down the Eastern half of Australia into VIC, TAS, SA as well the lower half of WA. Inhabiting timbered farmland, parks, open woodland, and urban areas. Feeds on mice, lizards, snakes, insects and nestlings. Notes: Black head with white lores, wings grey,black and white, underbelly white. Males are larger than females. Breeds Spring. For more information on Grey Butcherbird see references. More

pair of grey butcherbirds / taken on the gemfields / central queensland / Olympus SP500UZ * pied-butcherbird by rain-dogs the pied-butcherbird australias finest songbird the haunting flute like song is heard often as the pied-butcherbirds claim their territories / pied-butcherbirds singing they have a strong family unity, the More

Young Grey Butcherbirds look like their parents, but have an olive brown colour where the adult has black areas. The bill often lacks the hook and is completely dark grey. They are sometimes mistaken for small kingfishers. Voice: The song is a lovely rich piping sound and they can mimic other sounds and bird cries. Some of their notes are harsher. Often the male and female will sing a duet of a variety of loud, musical whistling notes. More

the song of the grey butcherbird sounds like the melody portion of Little Green Apples with the lyrics "And if that's not lovin' me . More

Grey Butcherbirds take delight in robbing a nest of either eggs or the chicks. To learn more about this bird and to hear its lovely call, click here. Here is a photo of a Grey Butcherbird I took some time ago. Grey Butcherbird Grey Butcherbird Category: Garden birds « I and the Bird # 82Sulphur Crested Cockatoos » 30 Responses to “Grey Butcherbird” 1. More

Grey Butcherbirds are found in a range of wooded habitats, including suburban areas. In inland areas, the birds tend to favour the denser forests. Feeding Grey Butcherbirds are aggressive predators. They prey on small animals, including birds, lizards and insects, as well as some fruits and seeds. Uneaten food may be stored in the fork or a branch or impaled. Grey Butcherbirds sit on an open perch searching for prey which, once sighted, they pounce on. More

Young Grey Butcherbirds resemble adults, but have black areas replaced with olive-brown and a buff wash on the white areas. The bill is completely dark grey and often lacks an obvious hook. Distribution and Habitat - Grey Butcherbirds are found in a range of wooded habitats, including suburban areas. They are common in the gardens of Dilston, Windermere and Swan Bay. Food and Feeding - Grey Butcherbirds are aggressive predators. More

Larry the grey butcherbird has been having trouble from the new pied butcherbird group just up the road. When everyone else had been fed and had gone away, I sneaked out into the yard to look for Larry and the other grey butcherbirds. More

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Order : Passeriformes
Family : Cracticidae
Genus : Cracticus
Species : torquatus
Authority : (Latham, 1801)