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...in the back yard. They are mainly insect-eaters but will occasionally eat small lizards.

Butcherbirds, Magpies and Currawongs are all in the same sub-family, and are native to Australia.

Brisbane, Australia.
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robryan

OOHH! That's strange, but I guess it shows ingenuity Dave! They must be real thinkers:))) Thanks!!

warbler

We have two different Shrikes that do this too. They like barbed wire for hanging and drying.

robryan

Thanks Beekay, Patti, Laura, Marian, Ank, smllpkg, Ginger, snooker, Suzy and Lyndee:))) The poor old Butcherbird is really quite a nice bird - we have never seen them doing any impaling here - so maybe ( hopefully!) we have a nice lot around our place:))))

lyndee

My sister have these birds where she lives in the state of Washington. We don't, but do have the crows and the ravens.

pumpkinhead

Nicely framed with the stems/grass. I would stay away from them from what I've read here!

You got a great photo of the little devil, Rob. :)

cinderfire

From the comments I think we are glad we don't have these birds in WI. LOL :o))

smllpkg101

From all the comments, I can understand how it got its name. That beak does look a little vicious.

puzzeljac

Great shot Rob. He looks beautiful, but I'm glad we don't have them. Magpie is worse enough. ☺

Marian_Black

I know they have to eat too, but that's nasty how they get their food by what I have read.

laurajane

He looks like he has a lot of personality!

PLG1958

Great photo! Thanks, Robyn!

Beekay

It's a handsome bird but rather glad we don't have them after reading Nev's and Ruby's comments!

robryan

Thanks Janet - yes, Magpies seem to do the most attacking here to - especially school kids on bicycles and postmen on bikes:))) but thankfully, only for a short time each Spring:)))

jan42ful

Hi Rob a great photo of a Butcher Bird. Around here it's usually Magpies that attack, but we never get attacked in our yard. Yes that is why they are called Butcher Birds as they hang their prey on tree. Not pleasant but they have to live too. Thanks and hugs, janet

robryan

Hi Jan - I just had a search and apparently young Pied Butcherbirds have brown feathers that slowly get replaced by black ones as they mature - both genders! O I hope that helps:))) Thanks!!

YUK Ruby!!!! I just read that ours sometimes do that too:((((( I definitely prefer to think of them as insect-eaters:))))) Thanks!!!

ruby18

In UK, the red-backed shrike is called the butcher bird. It catches other birds and hangs them onto thorny bushes. I recall seeing them as a child, but not recently.

RetiredJan

Beautiful bird, Rob. We get quite a few of the brown butcherbirds and we're not sure if they are young, or female, or just a different kind. Do you happen to know?

robryan

LOL!! Sorry Nev - maybe I shouldn't laugh:)))) Ours never attack us - I guess they're used to us being around!! Yes - nesting season makes them very territorial:)))) Thanks!!!

LOL!!! Who knows treker:))))

treker

From the sound of Nev's comment I can understand the reason behind the name,...Butcherbirds!
Yikes!

ulangariver

Rob, they're giving us hell around here at the moment. When I went down the road to post a letter, one attacked me four times. And one drew blood on the ear of the lady next door. Must be egg-laying season, for that sort of aggression.

robryan

I agree about his name too Barb - makes you wonder who gave it to him - and why? Thanks!!

He didn't mind having his photo taken Cathy:))) LOL!! Thanks!

cevas

He looks rather friendly!! : )))

SunnyBarb25

I hate that name but the bird is beautiful :) Black and white is pretty :)
Thank you Rob, great catch :))

robryan

LOL! It looks well-armed for sure treker:))) Thanks!!

He was very alert els2 - and kept his eye on me!! Thanks :)))

els2

Sleek feathers, bold eye. Quite the bird!

treker

That beak can handle a lizard with no problem! ;-)

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