|Grey Butcherbird Cracticus
February / March 2006
The Grey Butcherbird is distributed in mainland Australia largely south of the Tropic of Capricorn and in Tasmania. It is found in more humid habitat than Pied Butcherbird C. nigrogularis such as rainforest edges and eucalypt forest as well as coastal scrub, parks and gardens.
|The crown and cheeks are
black with a white spot in front of the eye. The back is grey
(darker on the nominate sub-species compared to the sub-species
C. t. leucopterus shown in photos 1 to 3) and the wings
are black. The white rump is broader in this sub-species. The
tail is black with a narrow white tip. Underparts are light grey
apart from the white throat.
Immatures are dark brown and buff (photo 4) and can be mistaken at a distance for a Kookaburra.
Like all butcherbirds, they eat birds, insects, small reptiles and rodents but the feet are too weak to hold prey as it feeds with its strong hooked bill so it impales the prey on a thorn or wedges it between some branches.
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