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Butcher bird

Around my house there are quite a few butcher birds and it is not hard to see how they got their name; they are real butchers! Several times in the summer I have had to rush out when blood curdling cries for help from our frog friends filled the house, and I saved several white lipped tree frogs, but unfortunately I was not around the morning the butcher bird wiped out the sunbird nest and took the babies.
They have also been known to knock animals like the big white tail rats and snakes out of trees in the hope that the fall might make them defenseless and easy to eat.
And they had a go at two mating treesnakes on the ground next to the house too.

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Black butcher bird
Photo by Mangrove Adventures


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