Butcherbirds

Cracticus 

Butcherbirds get their name from the way they feed. When they catch prey, they either impale it on a twig or hang it off a branch or tree fork, and hack away at the meat as they feed. They leave the leftovers hanging and come to eat later from their ‘larder”.

Butcherbirds inhabits drier forests and woodlands and often approaches parks and houses, they are widespread throughout large parts of mainland Australia.

They are songbirds and have a beautiful sound which may be heard throughout the day and sometimes well into moonlit nights.

Butcherbirds are carnivorous living off a wide variety of insects, small reptiles, mammals, frogs and birds. Most food is caught on the ground, the birds sit on an exposed perch and swoop down on their prey.