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Butcherbird

Cracticus torquatus
Butcherbird

Range

They are from Australia and Tasmania.

Habitat

They are found in wooded areas and even found in backyards.

Body Traits

They are black on the top of their head and face with a grey back and wings and a thin white collar. They have a big bill with a small hook on the end. Males and females look alike. They can be up to a foot tall.

Habits

They hang the prey that they have killed on a thorn or in the fork of a tree.

Diet

Butcherbirds hunt small animals like birds, lizards, and insects. They also eat fruits and seeds. They can kill prey by stabbing it on a long thorn and leave it there until they are ready to feed.

Reproduction

They breed from July to January. They make a bowl-shaped nest of sticks and twigs and line it with grass. The female lays 3-5 eggs that hatch after 25 days.

Butcherbird

Classification

Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Subphylum: Vetebrata
Class: Aves
Order: Passeriformes
Family: Artamidae
Genus: Cracticus
Species: C. torquatus

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