with a legless lizzard as prey

with a legless lizzard as prey
Species: Grey Butcherbird   Cracticus torquatus
Subspecies: leucopterus
Author: Lorenzo Vinciguerra
Monday, October 18, 1993
Added to IBC: 5 Feb 2019 - 21:57
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Altitude (m): 
122 meters


when I saw the bird close to the road, I thougth a roadkill. Having a closer look I saw the situation the birds was caugth in. The Butcherbird caugth a legless lizzard and grapped it by the head. The reptile straneld the bird around his neck. When I approached the bird he let the head from the lizzard free. After a while the two let go each other and the bird flew away and the reptile went back in the shrub. A Crow came close to look and kept a distance to me. I should have waited but the for shure the crow would have taken bouth for lunch.


Lorenzo Vinciguerra, IBC1560567. Accessible at hbw.com/ibc/1560567.

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Lorenzo Vinciguerra, IBC1560567. Photo of Grey Butcherbird Cracticus torquatus at Cape Arid National Park, Australia. Accessible at hbw.com/ibc/1560567.

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