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Black Butcherbird

(Cracticus quoyi)
Alternate name(s): "Rufous Crow-shrike", "Black Crow-shrike"
Size: 38-44 cm
Weight: 125-220 g; race "spaldingi": 180-220 g; race "rufescens": 125-175 g
Description     Classification     Distribution     Sightings     Photos     Breeding     Nest     Eggs     Behaviour     Food     Call/s

Physical description

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Taxonomy, classification

See Black Butcherbird at Wikipedia .

Range, habitat, finding this species

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Sightings

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Photos

Race "spaldingi"

ADULT

Full-frontal view of a Black Butcherbird
[Darwin, NT, August 2014]

Frontal view of a Black Butcherbird
[Darwin, NT, August 2014]

Near-frontal view of a Black Butcherbird (photo courtesy of P. Brown)
[East Point Reserve, Darwin, NT, August 2018]

Near-lateral view of a Black Butcherbird
[Darwin, NT, August 2014]

Near-lateral view of a Black Butcherbird
[Darwin, NT, August 2014]

Lateral view of a Black Butcherbird (photo courtesy of B. Hensen)
[Leanyer Sewage Treatment Plant, Darwin, NT, March 2013]

Near-dorsal view of a Black Butcherbird
[Darwin, NT, August 2014]

Near-dorsal view of a Black Butcherbird (photo courtesy of P. Brown)
[Rapid Creek, Darwin, NT, May 2018]

Race "rufescens"

ADULT

Frontal view of a Black Butcherbird (photo courtesy of B. Hensen)
[Rocky Creek, Cairns, QLD, July 2013]

Lateral view of a Black Butcherbird (photo courtesy of B. Hensen)
[Rocky Creek, Cairns, QLD, July 2013]

Near-dorsal view of a Black Butcherbird (photo courtesy of M. Eaton)
[Cairns, QLD, July 2018]

Dorsal view of a Black Butcherbird (photo courtesy of B. Hensen)
[Rocky Creek, Cairns, QLD, July 2013]

IMMATURE/JUVENILE

Frontal view of a rufous-morphology juvenile Black Butcherbird (photo courtesy of B. Collett)
[Edge Hill, Cairns, QLD, December 2016]

Black Butcherbird with a begging rufous-morphology juvenile (photo courtesy of B. Collett)
[Edge Hill, Cairns, QLD, December 2016]

Race "jardini"

ADULT

Frontal view of a Black Butcherbird (photo courtesy of M. Mearns)
[Cooktown, QLD, September 2008]

Near-lateral view of a Black Butcherbird (photo courtesy of M. Mearns)
[Cooktown, QLD, September 2008]

Lateral view of a Black Butcherbird (photo courtesy of B. Hensen)
[Mossman, QLD, November 2018]

Food, Diet

Black Butcherbird living up to its name, bringing an hapless juvenile Comb-crested Jacana into a tree...
(photo courtesy of B. Hensen)
[Mossman, QLD, November 2018]

Black Butcherbird living up to its name, wedging a juvenile Comb-crested Jacana in a fork... (photo courtesy of B. Hensen)
[Mossman, QLD, November 2018]

Black Butcherbird living up to its name, "butchering" a juvenile Comb-crested Jacana by tearing pieces out of the wedged-in carcase (photo courtesy of B. Hensen)
[Mossman, QLD, November 2018]

Call(s)/Song

For this species we have recorded the following call(s)/song. The interpretation of their meaning is our own; comments and suggestions for improvement are welcome.

blbutch_pb_20180831.m4a (Darwin, NT) Contact calls(?), Q&A © PB
blbutch_pb_20180503.m4a (Darwin, NT) "Currawong-like" call © PB
blbutch_pb_20180831_2.m4a (Darwin, NT) "Babbling" © PB
blbutch_pb_20180831_3.m4a (Darwin, NT) Various © PB
intract_pb_20180503.m4a (Darwin, NT) ? (Alarming Spangled Drongo & Magpie-lark) © PB

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