Bird Grey Butcherbird (Cracticus torquatus)

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Common Name:Grey Butcherbird

Scientific Name:Cracticus torquatus

Order:Passerformes

Family:Artamidae

Other Names:Silver-backed Butcherbird, Whistling Jack.

Distribution:Found in suitable habitat in most of mainland Australia and Tas.
Absent from Cape York and desert areas.
A separate race (argentis) is found in northern W.A. and N.T.

Field Notes:240-300mm. A silver-gray backed butcherbird. Smaller than pied.
Juveniles are brown where adults are black. Feeds on small vertebrates and insects.
Calls territorially. Beautiful warbling-piping including mimicry.Harsh alarm call.

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I have both greys and pieds around my place, the above fence is the border between their territories, the greys on the treed side
and the pieds on the more open side. Any incursions are punished by swooping and beak snapping.

Its always interesting to see the same species from different parts of their distribution, these grey butcherbirds look pretty much
the same but your echidnas and rednecked wallabies are quite different.
 
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