Order Passeriformes

Family Cracticidae

Following the taxonomy applied to HBW Alive, derived from the recently published HBW and BirdLife International Illustrated Checklist of the Birds of the World, this family is no longer valid and the relevant species are now considered as part of the family Woodswallows and Butcherbirds (Artamidae).
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  • Medium-sized to large passerines, most with longish wings, long tail, long and generally stout bill with hooked tip, ground-foraging species short-tailed; plumage black and white, sometimes with grey, two species with red.
  • Australia and New Guinea.
  • Rainforest, eucalypt forest and savanna woodland.
  • 18-57 cm.
  • 0 genera, 0 species, 0 taxa.
  • 0 species threatened;
    none extinct since 1600.

Recommended citation

Russell, E., Rowley, I. & Bonan, A. (2017). Butcherbirds (Cracticidae). In: del Hoyo, J., Elliott, A., Sargatal, J., Christie, D.A. & de Juana, E. (eds.). Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive. Lynx Edicions, Barcelona. (retrieved from https://www.hbw.com/node/52366 on 18 December 2017).