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Pied Butcherbird
Cracticus nigrogularis

Pied Butcherbirds are a common bird of open farmland, occurring across much of Australia and overlapping with the other butcherbirds. At 33-36 cm, they are slightly larger than Grey Butcherbirds, which are similar, but with more contrasting black-and-white plumage and a black throat and breast. As with the other butcherbirds, they are some of the most musical birds in Australia and feed in much the same manner - catching frogs, rodents, lizards and insects and wedging the larger items in a tree fork or impaling them and ripping them open with the sharp hook on the end of the long beak.

Pied Butcherbird

1: Lake Tyrell, Vic., 04/06/2011.