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Pied Butcherbird

Cracticus nigrogularis


The Pied Butcherbird is a medium-sized songbird native to Australia. It grows about 35 cm (14 in) long and has black and white plumage. This is one of a pair of birds I see quite regularly. Very trusting and comfortable around humans, and also very inquisitive. I think they're beautiful birds, and I just adore their lovely black bibs. They always look like they're dressed up for dinner.


Spotted amongst the trees and gardens of the Metroplex on Gateway estate.


This fellow was spotted sitting atop an Octopus Agave (Agave vilmoriniana). These plants are currently fruiting, and the flower spike is growing at a rapid pace. It has fast become a favourite perch for the butcherbirds, and every day they are going to go higher and higher.

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Neil Ross
Neil Ross 9 years ago

Thanks guys. I love these birds, and this particular individual is a real character. He/she has been fighting with the miners who are nesting in the area. Quite a racket.

Stephanie R.
Stephanie R. 9 years ago

Beautiful photo, Neil!

Neil Ross
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Neil Ross

Brisbane, Queensland, Australia

Spotted on Aug 14, 2014
Submitted on Aug 14, 2014

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