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  Black Butcherbird (Cracticus quoyi)





Black Butcherbird | Cracticus quoyi photo
Black butcherbird (Cracticus quoyi)

Image by Magnus Kjaergaard - Some rights reserved.    (view image details)

Black Butcherbird | Cracticus quoyi photo
Black butcherbird juvenile

Image by Magnus Kjaergaard - Some rights reserved.    (view image details)



BLACK BUTCHERBIRD FACTS

Description
The Black Butcherbird is the largest butcherbird and is found in tropical coastal Australia. The feathers are all black. The bill is grey with black tip. Juveniles are brown above and paler brown below with reddish streaking on head and back of neck.

Size
40 cm

Habitat
rainforest, open forest, mangroves, parks and gardens

Food
insects, small reptiles, small mammals, small birds

Breeding
The nest is a cup made of sticks built in a tree. The female lays four greyish eggs with brownish spotting.

Range
The Black Butcherbird in tropical eastern Queensland including Cape York Peninsula, and northern parts on Northern Territory

distribution map showing range of Cracticus quoyi in Australia

Map is from Atlas of Living Australia website at http://biocache.ala.org.au licensed under Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Australia License




Classification
Class:Aves
Order:Passeriformes
Family:Artamidae
Genus:Cracticus
Species:quoyi
Common Name:Black Butcherbird

Relatives in same Genus
  Black-backed Butcherbird (C. mentalis)
  Pied Butcher Bird (C. nigrogularis)
  Grey Butcher Bird (C. torquatus)