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Juvenile Pied Butcherbird begging a Striped Honeyeater for food

(Cracticus nigrogularis)
Alternate name(s): "Black-throated Butcher-bird",
"Black-throated Crow-shrike", "Organbird", "Break-o'day Boy"
Aboriginal name(s): Race "nigrogularis: "wuhd-wuhd", "wuud-wuud" (bundjalung)
Race "picatus: "koodjieko" (WA)
More Aboriginal names are available HERE .

Size: 33-36 cm
Weight: 100-150 g

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The following set of photos shows behaviour we have observed only once, when a juvenile Pied Butcherbird apparently begged to be fed by a Striped Honeyeater, which, in turn, was likely trying to distract, or move on, the enemy (possibly away from its nest).

Juvenile Pied Butcherbird perched on a branch in a tree
[Near Wee Waa, NSW, October 2006]

Juvenile Pied Butcherbird perched on a branch in a tree
[Near Wee Waa, NSW, October 2006]

Next thing, a Striped Honeyeater joins the juvenile Pied Butcherbird, singing its song
[Near Wee Waa, NSW, October 2006]

Seconds later, the young Pied Butcherbird appears to be begging for food...
[Near Wee Waa, NSW, October 2006]

The Striped Honeyeater clearly seems to try to impress the much larger bird - note how the two are shifting to the right, suggesting that the Striped Honeyeater is pushing
[Near Wee Waa, NSW, October 2006]

Here the Pied Butcherbird can be seen turning away; it has had an ear full
[Near Wee Waa, NSW, October 2006]

Here the Pied Butcherbird can be seen turning away; it has had an ear full
[Near Wee Waa, NSW, October 2006]

Unfortunately, the end result of the encounter is unknown.

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