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  Black-backed Butcherbird (Cracticus mentalis)





Black-backed Butcherbird | Cracticus mentalis photo
Black-backed Butcherbird

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BIRD FACTS

Description
The Black-backed Butcherbird is a black and white butcherbird from Cape York Peninsula. The head and back of neck is black, the back and upper surface of tail is black. It has a narrow white collar separating the black on head and back. The wings are black and white, and underside is white. The bill is grey with black tip. Juveniles have similar markings but are brown and white instead of black and white.

Size
25 cm

Habitat
woodland, farmland, around towns

Food
insects, small reptiles, small mammals, small birds

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

Range
Black-backed Butcherbird is found on Cape York Peninsula in Queensland.

distribution map showing range of Cracticus mentalis 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:mentalis
Common Name:Black-backed Butcherbird

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