1. The Black Butcherbird is found in coastal habitats in north Queensland and the Northern Territory. It is also found in PNG. Butcherbirds feed on lizards, mice, nestlings and the like, they sort of fill the niche that shrikes do in the northern hemisphere. Bird show here filmed in a mangrove swamp near Cape Tribulation in north Queensland

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  2. The Grey Butcherbird is found over most of Australia. It is the only Butcherbird usually seen in the Canberra region and other parts of coastal and near coastal SE Australia, and the only one in Tasmania. It preys on small birds, reptiles, mice and the like. All butcherbirds are highly vocal, as heard here. There is some aircraft noise as the location of this bird was close to Canberra Airport!

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  3. The Pied Butcherbird is widespread in Australia but it avoids most of the far south and southeast of the continent and is not present in Tasmania. Also see vimeo.com/137727862. Like all Butcherbirds, it is a pounce predator. In the south of its range it overlaps with the Grey Butcherbird see:- vimeo.com/82542837

    Also at birdsofaustralia.video/index.php/pied-butcherbird-cracticus-nigrogularis/

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  4. The Pied Butcherbird is widespread in Australia but it avoids most of the far south and southeast of the continent and is not present in Tasmania. Like all Butcherbirds, In the south of its range it overlaps with the Grey Butcherbird see:- vimeo.com/82542837. Here a pair is filmed in the early morning responding to territorial calls made by another pair a little way off. The call is an iconic sound of inland and northern Australia. Also see vimeo.com/107805071

    Also at birdsofaustralia.video/index.php/pied-butcherbird-cracticus-nigrogularis/

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  5. The White-breasted Woodswallow is a common bird in northern Australia and can be seen sitting on power lines in many towns. In warmer months it may wander into inland eastern Australia. Woodswallows hunt insects much like true swallows, however they are not related. They like to be in contact with each other when perching and you can see large numbers huddled together on power lines.

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Artamidae (Woodswallows, Currawongs, Butcherbirds, Magpie) of Australia

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The Artamidae are a family of birds found from south Asia to the SW Pacific. They are well represented in Australia with more than half the described species.

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