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Grey Shrike-thrush

Colluricincla harmonica subspecies strigata


The Grey Shrike-thrush is considered to be one of the best songsters in Australia. It was formerly known as the ‘Harmonious Thrush’, and little wonder, as the species has hundreds, if not thousands, of different songs, most of which are musical masterpieces. The song has been described as glorious, pleasing and melodious, with sweet, mellow, rich and liquid notes. Although their song is pleasant to human ears, it is less so for many nesting birds, as Grey Shrike-thrushes are notorious predators at nests, regularly eating eggs and nestlings.


Dry sclerophyll bushland.

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lori.tas 7 years ago

Some people think that the Tasmanian subspecies strigata, which is larger and has a much longer and thicker bill than th mainland subspecies should be a designated a separate species.

Tasmania, Australia

Lat: -42.60, Long: 147.25

Spotted on Oct 11, 2007
Submitted on Oct 11, 2010


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