Grey Butcherbird, Bendigo, Victoria

Butcherbirds, such as this Grey Butcherbird (Cracticus torquatus) are aggressive predators, feeding on small birds, lizards and insects. They have a very distinctive call, making number 5 in the top 40 Bird Songs. You can hear what they sound like here.

Photo taken in Bendigo, August 2021.

FUN FACT. When you upload a photo to, AI is used to attempt to identify the critter from the photo. Identification is usually pretty good, but in the case of this photo, the suggestion was “Domestic Chicken”!

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