Saturday, February 7, 2015

Grey Butcherbird

In the Indian sub-continent there is the Shrike, then a near equivalent to it in Australia is a Butcherbird. Featured today is the Grey Butcherbird ( Cracticus torquatus ). Just like the shrike, this one too has the habit of impaling its prey on thorns of branches- which is also the reason, why it is called a butcher bird.  The more I see birds down under, if feel they are related in so many ways- yet so very different. 

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