This large, black, glossy bird gets its name from the habit of hanging prey (small birds, lizards, insects) on a hook or in the fork of a tree. There they will store the meal until it is eaten.
Their call is a deep sounding kwok kwok, and the song is a lilting flute like melody.
The juveniles are a rufous/buff colour, and the adults sometimes bring them around the cottages in February looking for an easy meal.
Images of the Black Butcherbird
Video of the Black Butcherbird