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Genus: Cracticus

[edit] Description

Butcherbirds are found in Australia and New Guinea. They share:

  • Distinctive, strong, bluish-grey bills, slightly hooked at the tip
  • Their habit of impaling captured prey on a thorn, tree fork, or crevice (giving them the name Butcherbird)
  • Relatively long wings and tail
  • Almost no sexual dimorphism in plumage (but in size, males are larger)

[edit] Taxonomy

Cracticus is a genus in the family Artamidae but has previously been placed in family Cracticidae.
The Australian Magpie is sometimes included in this genus.
Grey Butcherbird, Black-backed Butcherbird and Silver-backed Butcherbird have sometimes been placed in the genus Bulestes, Black Butcherbird in Melloria.

Genus Cracticus viewedit
C. mentalis Black-backed Butcherbird
C. torquatus Grey Butcherbird
C. argenteus Silver-backed Butcherbird
C. cassicus Hooded Butcherbird
C. louisiadensis Tagula Butcherbird
C. nigrogularis Pied Butcherbird
C. quoyi Black Butcherbird

[edit] References

  1. Clements, JF. 2009. The Clements Checklist of Birds of the World. 6th ed., with updates to December 2009. Ithaca: Cornell Univ. Press. ISBN 978-0801445019.
  2. Del Hoyo, J, A Elliott, and D Christie, eds. 2009. Handbook of the Birds of the World. Volume 14: Bush-shrikes to Old World Sparrows. Barcelona: Lynx Edicions. ISBN 978-8496553507

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