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Scientific Classification

Kingdom:Animalia
Phylum:Chordata
Class:Aves
Order:Passeriformes
Family:Cractidae
Genus:Cracticus
Genus species:Cracticus nigroagularis

Animal Characteristics

Head-Body Length:32 cm
Identification:The black-throated butcher bird has a bold black and white coloration. It has a white rump and collar, black bib, white bar on black wing, and white corner tips on a black tail.
Habitat:Open woodlands, scrublands, rangelands
Diet:Omnivore: insects, worms, insect larvae, skinks, frogs, birds, mice, flowers, fruit
Reproduction:The breeding season is from August to December. The dominant female builds the nest, lays 1-4 eggs and incubates them. Black-throated butcher birds are cooperative breeders and may have several helpers aiding to raise the young. The chicks fledge at four weeks of age.
Groups of black-throated butcher birds are family-based and contain six birds on average. There is no obvious pair bond.
Behavior:This is a nonmigratory species.
Status:No special status
Interesting Facts:The term 'butcher bird' comes from the habit of wedging large food items between branches and then 'butchering' them with the beak.

Other Information

Geographic:Australia Date:1970-11 Subjects:perching birds
Black-throated butcher bird
Pied butcher bird
Passeriformes
Birds
Vertebrates
Chordata