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  Pied Butcher Bird (Cracticus nigrogularis)





Pied Butcher Bird | Cracticus nigrogularis photo
Pied Butcher Birds often visit suburban gardens. They can became tame enough to hand feed.

Image by ozwildlife - Some rights reserved.

Pied Butcher Bird | Cracticus nigrogularis photo
Pied Butcher Bird

Image by ozwildlife - Some rights reserved.



PIED BUTCHER BIRD FACTS

Description
The Pied Butcher Bird is a black and white bird with clear flute-like song. The immatures are brown and white. They live in family groups.

Size
32 - 37 cm

Habitat
dry woodlands, coastal scrub, treed farmland

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

Breeding
The nest is a bowl of sticks and twigs, lined with grasses and other finer material. It is usually built in an upright tree fork up to 5 m above the ground. Lays 3-5 eggs.

Range
throughout the Australian mainland, with the exception of most of the southern and south-eastern coastline, and the more arid areas of the inland. It is absent from Tasmania.



Classification
Class:Aves
Order:Passeriformes
Family:Artamidae
Genus:Cracticus
Species:nigrogularis
Common Name:Pied Butcher Bird

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