Grey Butcherbird with a piece of skewered cheese
This spotting is especially to illustrate the feeding habit of the grey butcherbird. Around this tree, this handsome little visitor would usually find a skink, bash it against the trunk and fly away with a floppy lizard in its bill. It had no luck today so I threw out a few pieces of cheese. The bird picked one of the pieces and skewered it to a small fork in a broken branch (seen to the left of the bird). It waited a while before eating the cheese. It's mate can be seen sitting behind him- just visible. A wonderful habit to observe in your own back yard !
The Grey Butcherbird is a widely distributed species endemic to Australia. The Grey Butcherbird occurs in a range of different habitats including arid, semi-arid and temperate zones. It has a characteristic "rollicking" birdsong. It appears to be adapting well to city living, and can be encountered in the suburbs of many Australian cities including Sydney and Brisbane. The Grey Butcherbird preys on small vertebrates including other birds.
Other birds in the same family include the Australian.. more