Butcherbird in Holder

To: "'Jack & Andrea Holland'" <>, "'Sue Beatty'" <>, "'COG List'" <>
Subject: Butcherbird in Holder
From: "casburnj" <>
Date: Fri, 10 Feb 2012 11:29:40 +1100

I also heard that call in my back garden yesterday Sue – it was not the usual Butcherbird melodic sound, but resonant and different to any other bird usually heard here.  I didn’t get outside quickly enough to see the bird properly, but it was greyish and about butcherbird size. I am not sure whether or not to record in my GBS?



From: Jack & Andrea Holland [
Sent: Friday, 10 February 2012 9:03 AM
To: Sue Beatty; 'COG List'
Subject: Re: [canberrabirds] Butcherbird in Holder


Hello Sue,


You might have seen Bruce Lindenmayer’s post earlier this week that he had 3 in his garden in NW Chapman.


I live several hundred metres closer to Darwinia Tce, and over the past couple of months have observed their movement from Cooleman Ridge down into his place, and slowly into my GBS.


However, over the past week they have moved deep into Rivett.


All birds I have seen are brown immatures, reflecting post-breeding movement.


So it’s possible yours is one of ours, or possibly from another area now moving through, perhaps looking for a territory.


They used to be unusual in Canberra gardens, but over the past few years have become more common, to the extent they they are now included in the GBS chart!!


Jack Holland



Sent: Friday, February 10, 2012 8:41 AM

Subject: [canberrabirds] Butcherbird in Holder


Hey All,


A Grey? Butcherbird just passed through my GBS area! I don’t think I’ve seen one here before. I only got a quick look at it and would say it was probably an immature, but that cackly call is hard to miss. Is this unusual or are they all over the place and I just haven’t been paying attention?


Sue Beatty


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