A juvenile grey butcherbird has decided this rock in the pond area I'm building is a great song post. He/she has visited it many times a day over this past week and stands there warbling away. The song is so beautiful and varied, it's a joy to hear. To me, it's another sound synonymous and strongly connected with life here in Australia.
They also hunt by sitting on open perches. Once prey is sighted, they pounce, so perhaps this rock is also offering a good base from which to hunt small animals, such as lizards.
25 cm length
Link to the song....
The grey butcherbird is a widely distributed species endemic to Australia. It occurs in a range of different habitats including arid, semi-arid and temperate zones. It is found across southern Australia, but is absent from the deserts of central Australia and the monsoon tropics of northern Australia.