Grey Butcherbird

Grey Butcherbird
Comment:We have a resident butcherbird family in our garden. They nest each year and have been incubating eggs for the past couple of weeks. The breeding pair is assisted by a 'helper', one of their offspring from last year and not yet in adult plumage. The presence of the butcherbirds, nesting wattlebirds and nesting kookaburras is bad news for our small birds but the mice that hang around the compost bins are fair game. The image shows a mouse that has been 'butchered' while wedged in the fork of a broken off branch and is about to be taken to the nest to feed hungry chicks.
Keywords:with prey, adult
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