Grey Butcherbird and family

Subject: Grey Butcherbird and family
From: Muriel Brookfield <>
Date: Mon, 04 Jan 2010 12:12:55 +1100
Unusually a 4-member Grey Butcherbird family visited our bird bath this weekend (Cook). There was only one grey bird, the other three were brown (varied). Adult female had dark brown head, brown back and fawn front. Immature (last year's progeny?) was brown with clearly marked neck patches. And the bleating dependent young was a squat brown bundle that clung to the rim of the bowl for quite some time.

The interesting behaviour was that all three brown birds took long flapping baths, each in turn. The grey bird came later, for a drink.

I wonder what percentage of passerines go for long baths when they can, rather than the dip in and fly off technique?

Muriel Brookfield

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