French: Cassican à gorge noire German: Schwarzkehl-Krähenstar Spanish: Verdugo gorjinegro
New South Wales, Australia
Subspecies and Distribution
C. n. picatus
Gould, 1848 – N & W Australia E to NW Queensland, S (except in main desert areas) to S Western Australia and NW South Australia.
C. n. nigrogularis
(Gould, 1837) – E Australia from N, C & E Queensland S to E South Australia and N Victoria (Murray R).
28–32 cm; 105–159 g. Fairly large butcherbird with strongly hook-tipped robust bill. Nominate race has black head, neck and upper breast forming distinctive hood... read more
The most beautiful song within family of accomplished singers. Three main song types: Territorial... read more
Open forests and woodlands, mainly eucalypts (Eucalyptus) or Acacia, with open... read more
Food and feeding
Invertebrates, mainly insects; also small vertebrates; some seeds, fruit and nectar. No detailed studies of feeding behaviour. Forages... read more
Laying in Aug–Dec (mostly Sept–Oct), occasionally also at other times, especially in more arid areas with unseasonal rainfall.... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. Locally common; rare in arid SW corner of Queensland and in NW New South Wales. In some areas, e.g. near Darwin (N Northern Territory), numbers have... read more
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