Butcherbird

Butcherbird (Grey)

Butcherbird (Grey)

The butcherbird is one of the 4 very common black and white birds here.  It’s not the biggest, or the smallest, or the noisiest so it’s very easily overlooked.  But I don’t think it should be.  It’s a lovely bird who is relatively friendly with people.  Watch it though, it will guard its nest just like the magpie and the magpie-lark.

This one lives nearby and regularly visits.   In this series of pictures he’s eating an olive.

Shake the olive off the twig

Shake the olive off the twig

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Discard twig

Discard twig

Grab Olive and Squeeze

Grab Olive and Squeeze

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Shake and Squeeze

Shake and Squeeze

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Result

Result

Flamenco Dance to finish

Flamenco Dance to finish

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

According to my friend Wiki, it’s called a butcherbird because of its habit of hanging its catch in a crevice or fork in a tree to eat it, or to store it for later.  So I’m glad it brought an olive to my garden then and not a lizard.

In the Woods

In the Woods

2 responses to “Butcherbird”

  1. Kathy Forbes says:

    Hi, nice article. I really like it!

  2. Sue says:

    Thanks Kathy

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