Pied Butcherbird Cracticus nigrogularis
Pied Butcherbird, Mildura, Victoria, Australia, February 2006 - click for larger image Mildura, Victoria, Australia
February 2006

The Pied Butcherbird is distributed throughout most of mainland Australia except the drier deserts and the coast from Sydney through southern Victoria and South Australia to Western Australia where it is also absent from the forested south-west.

Pied Butcherbird, Mildura, Victoria, Australia, February 2006 - click for larger image It is found in dry woodlands and coastal scrub, on farmland and in gardens.

It has a white body with a black hood, throat and upper breast, black back and wings with a black tail with white corners. The bill is blue-grey with a black tip. The immature (photo 3) is brown and cream in colour.

Immature Pied Butcherbird, Mildura, Victoria, Australia, February 2006 - click for larger image They eat birds, insects, small reptiles and rodents but its feet are too weak to hold its prey as it feeds with its strong hooked bill so it impales its prey on a thorn ot wedges it between some branches.
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