They are from Australia and Tasmania.
They are found in wooded areas and even found in backyards.
They are black on the top of their head and face with a grey back and wings and a thin white collar. They have a big bill with a small hook on the end. Males and females look alike. They can be up to a foot tall.
They hang the prey that they have killed on a thorn or in the fork of a tree.
Butcherbirds hunt small animals like birds, lizards, and insects. They also eat fruits and seeds. They can kill prey by stabbing it on a long thorn and leave it there until they are ready to feed.
They breed from July to January. They make a bowl-shaped nest of sticks and twigs and line it with grass. The female lays 3-5 eggs that hatch after 25 days.
Species: C. torquatus
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