Black Butcherbird

To: Phil & Sue Gregory <>, "" <>, Birding-aus <>
Subject: Black Butcherbird
From: martin cachard <>
Date: Fri, 10 Oct 2014 20:10:50 +1100
that's also my understanding as well Phil from what I've seen here & read from 
others too...
I suspect the immature plumage being rufous moults into the totally black of 
the adult plumage after an=bout 12 months.
martin cachard,
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> 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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