Cracticus quoyi

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

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Video of the Black Butcherbird

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