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    Ausphotography Regular Claire M's Avatar
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    Please can someone ID this bird for me?

    Living opposite a wet lands area and natural lake, a variety of birds often visit my garden/yard.
    I have been cataloguing the various birdlife in my garden/yard as in photographing them, for 2 years now, and these birds are new visitors.
    A pair of birds (I think from the kingfisher/kookaburra family) were chirping to each in the jaccaranda tree, and I haven't see this type of bird around here before, so would like to know if anyone can advise me what the bird is and some info about it please. Only 1 of the birds positioned himself/herself so I could take a photo.

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    Broadly, a Butcherbird. - You get that from the hook at the end of the bill. But what variety???
    Still, look up BBs for WA and it might say.

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    Oh, and... AFAIK, no relation to Kookas or Kingfishers.
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    It is a Western form Grey Butcherbird Lovely photos BTW

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    Pied or Grey Butcherbird. If you are south of Perth, it is most likely a Grey
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    They all beat me to it ... Related to the Magpie.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Cricket View Post
    It is a Western form Grey Butcherbird
    Cracticus torquatus and no W on western.

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    I agree with Cricket - Western Form of a Grey Butcherbird.
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    Claire M. Here are some Grey Butcherbird calls:
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZlAb-ObjIH4

    A rough translation: "Sossiges and Chops!" "Terday's specials!"

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    Quote Originally Posted by NikonNellie View Post
    I agree with Cricket - Western Form of a Grey Butcherbird.
    And no W and F on western form of a Grey Butcherbird. (It's a good idea to agree with Cricket though. Would hate to get on her wrong side.)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Claire M View Post
    Only 1 of the birds positioned himself/herself so I could take a photo.
    Well if you look at the color of the beak these are actually two different birds. #2 would be a young one.
    They have such a wonderful voice.

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    Thanks everyone for all your info re these Butcher birds, and thanks Ameerat42 for your bird chirps sing-along link too!

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