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  Grey Butcher Bird (Cracticus torquatus)





Grey Butcher Bird | Cracticus torquatus photo
Grey Butcher Birds are often seen alone, unlike the Pied Butcher Birds who are often seen as a family.

Image by ozwildlife - Some rights reserved.

Grey Butcher Bird | Cracticus torquatus photo
Grey Butcher Bird

Image by ozwildlife - Some rights reserved.



GREY BUTCHER BIRD FACTS

Description
The Grey Butcher Bird has a black head and face. The back and wings are grey, with large areas of white and the under parts are white. The bill is large, with a small hook at the tip of the upper bill. Yung Grey Butcherbirds resemble adults, but have black areas replaced with brown.

Size
24 - 30cm

Habitat
wooded habitats, including suburban areas

Food
Small mammals, birds, eggs, reptiles, insects.

Breeding
nest is bowl-shaped, and is made of sticks and twigs, lined with grasses and other soft fibres. Lays 3-5 eggs.

Range
mid-eastern Queensland, through southern Australia, including Tasmania, to northern Western Australia



Classification
Class:Aves
Order:Passeriformes
Family:Artamidae
Genus:Cracticus
Species:torquatus
Common Name:Grey Butcher Bird

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