grey shrike-thrush

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P1120171While Grey Shrike-thrush are supposedly common throughout Australia they seem to keep well out of sight as this is the first time I have captured one. They are quite beautiful with their large long-tails and soft  brown backs. The black bill and white patch in front of the eye on this one identifies it as a male. These small birds love woodlands and forests and favour large cups of bark and grass in enclosed situations like upright stumps in which to lay two or three creamy white eggs.

Acknowledgement: Slaters Field Guide to Australian Birds, 2nd ed.