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Alternative names: Australian Butcherbird; Collared Butcherbird; White-winged Butcherbird; Collared Crow-Shrike; Clouded Shrike; Tasmanian Butcherbird (cinereus)
27 - 30cm. A medium-sized Butcherbird with a strong bill.
Females are smaller and have a similar plumage, sometimes browner than males. Juveniles are brown with buff streaks and a dark brown head.
 Similar species
Silver-backed Butcherbird is similar but has black lores and a pale grey mantle.
Generally uncommon and patchily distributed. More common in Tasmania.
Three subspecies recognized:
Silver-backed Butcherbird has been treated as conspecific with this species.
Open forest, woodland, farmland and urban areas.
Feeds mainly on insects but takes also small birds and nestlings, sometimes fruit, seeds and nectar.
Breeding mainly from August to January but has been recorded all year in response to rain in drier areas. Usually a solitary breeder, sometimes with helpers. The nest is a shallow, untidy bowl made of thing twigs and placed around 5 - 6m above the ground in a tree (usually eucalypt). Lays 3 - 4 eggs.
A territorial species, staying in its territory all year.
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