Black Butcherbird

To: Phil & Sue Gregory <>
Subject: Black Butcherbird
From: Joseph Morlan <>
Date: Thu, 9 Oct 2014 19:51:28 -0700
Thanks.  According to what I read, this race has both black and rufous 
juveniles, often with both types of young in the same nest.  All other races 
have black juveniles.  Is this not true?  Are all juveniles of this race always 

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> On Oct 9, 2014, at 7:33 PM, "Phil & Sue Gregory" <> wrote:
> The Black Butcherbirds here at Kuranda also have rufous young which change 
> gradually to black, and personally I doubt the existence of a rufous morph as 
> such, I suspect it's one of those things that gets into the literature and 
> then stays there. It is possible they might breed in subadult plumage I 
> suppose, but I would expect them to moult into black plumage later. 
> Phil Gregory
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