Edition 144 - Friday 4th December 2020

Butcherbird

Our resident Butcherbirds are now flying and looking very happy and healthy. 

Background information on our Butcherbirds.

Butcherbirds are songbirds closely related to the Australian magpie. They are large songbirds, being between 30 and 40cm in length. Their colour ranges from black and white to mostly black with added grey plumage, depending on the species. They have a large, straight bill with a distinctive hook at the end which is used to skewer prey. Butcherbirds are insect eaters for the most part, but will also feed on small lizards. They get their name from their habit of impaling captured prey on a thorn or a tree fork. This 'larder' is used to support the victim while it is being eaten, to store prey for later consumption, or to attract mates. They are opportunistic, showing little fear and readily taking food offerings to the point of becoming semi-tame.

The young will remain with their mother until almost fully grown. They tend to trail behind their mother and 'squeak' incessantly while she catches food for them.

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