juvenile pied butcherbird

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This young Pied Butcherbird was sunning its wings while perched atop a dead tree and taking in the view across the grass to the sea. The Butcherbird gets its name from the habit of wedging or impaling large insects, lizards and mice … and even small birds … onto broken branches and tearing them to pieces. No doubt the hook on the beak plays a major part! When an adult the brown will be replaced by black and fully grown it will be between 32-35cm.

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