Butcherbird (Bb) behaviour

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Subject: Butcherbird (Bb) behaviour
From: "Alan Gillanders" <>
Date: Mon, 4 Aug 2003 09:46:26 +1000
I have observed Grey Bb using barbed wire fences to dismember skinks, a Fairywren and a House Mouse, Mus musculus.
Pied Bb usually use the fork of twigs having an acute angle though I believe I have seen them using thorns and fences as well but cannot recall a specific example at this time.
Black Bb use tight forks and splintered posts for frogs and lizards.
I have seen a Spangled Drongo use our washing line to pluck the feathers from a Silver-eye by jamming the head into the place where a stay joins an arm of the hoist.
An Australian Hobby witch was struggling with a Peaceful Dove, already plucked, found that it had better control of the bird when draped in a horizontal fork.
Shrikes are wonderful birds but I don't think that they have this field to themselves.
Hope this is of use to you, Reuven.
Alan Gillanders
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