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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.

distribution map showing range of Cracticus nigrogularis 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:nigrogularis
Common Name:Pied Butcher Bird

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