Guardian Nature School Team Contact Blog Project Noah Facebook Project Noah Twitter

A worldwide community photographing and learning about wildlife

Join Project Noah!
nature school apple icon

Project Noah Nature School visit nature school

Butcher Bird



Mid-sized, most growing up to 35cm in length. Colour ranges from black and white to mostly black with added grey plumage depending on species. They have a large, straight bill with distinctive hook at the end which is used to skewer prey. Butcher birds are native to Australasia.


Woodlands are the butcherbirds natural habitat but have adapted well to urbanization and can be found in leafy suburbs throughout Australia.


They have high pitched complex songs. Female butcherbirds lay one or two eggs in a clutch. The nest is made from twigs, high up in a fork of a tree. 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.

Species ID Suggestions

Sign in to suggest organism ID

1 Comment

Panda27 12 years ago


Spotted by

4000, Queensland, Australia

Spotted on Feb 20, 2012
Submitted on Feb 20, 2012

Related Spottings

Hooded butcherbird Australian Magpie Magpie Australian Magpie

Nearby Spottings

Scaly-breasted Lorikeet Spotting golden trumpet Aloe vera
Noah Guardians
Noah Sponsors
join Project Noah Team

Join the Project Noah Team