Piping Shrike is South Aus emblemic bird

To: Doug Holly <>, Birding Aus <>
Subject: Piping Shrike is South Aus emblemic bird
From: Greg and Val Clancy <>
Date: Fri, 14 Aug 2015 02:07:10 +0000
When I correct a birding friend of mine who is hell bent on referring to our
Black-necked (Satin) Stork as a Jabiru (a South American stork) he responds
by saying well the Australian Magpie is not a real magpie, and I agree with
him.  We changed 'warbler' to 'Gerygone' and there have been other changes
so I propose that, since the Australian Magpie is now in the genus Cracticus
with the butcherbirds, that we change its name to 'Ground Butcherbird'.   I
am now entering my air raid bunker and securely locking the hatch!!!!

Dr Greg. P. Clancy
Ecologist and Birding-wildlife  Guide
| PO Box 63 Coutts Crossing NSW 2460
| 02 6649 3153 | 0429 601  960

-----Original Message-----
From: Doug Holly
Sent: Friday, August 14, 2015 8:56 AM
To: Birding Aus
Subject: Piping Shrike is South Aus emblemic bird

There has always been confusion over this name because Piping Shrike was
used as the name of the White-backed Magpie when the South Aust constitution
was written.

Identification of the birdEdit

Because the name piping shrike is not used to identify any bird, there has
been some confusion over what bird it represents. While some think it
resembles the Murray magpie <>
(Grallina cyanoleuca), the original reports specify that it is based on the
Australian magpie <> ,
<> [1]
and government sources specify the subspecies as the white-backed magpie
(Cracticus tibicen telonocua formerly Gymnorhina tibicen leuconota).
<> [4] The
connection of this bird to the name piping shrike can be seen in this early
observation by explorer Charles Sturt
<>  in the 1840s:

"GYMNORHINA LEUCONOTA GOULD., The White-backed Crow Shrike. This bird is
somewhat larger than, and very much resembles a magpie, but the proportion
of white is greater, and there is no metallic or varied tint on the black
feathers as on the European bird. In South Australia it is a winter bird,
and his clear fine note was always the most heard on the coldest morning, as
if that temperature best suited him. All the species of this genus are
easily domesticated, and learn to pipe tunes. They are mischievous birds
about a house, but are useful in a garden. I had one that ranged the fields
to a great distance round the house, but always returned to sleep in it."

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