Pied Butcherbird (species: Cracticus nigrogularis) in Mungo NP (Gaia Guide)
Cracticus nigrogularis
Pied Butcherbird

©Tom Tarrant: Pied Butcherbird (Cracticus nigrogularis)

©Alex: Pied Butcherbird (Cracticus nigrogularis)

©Steve Shattuck: Pied Butcherbird (Cracticus nigrogularis)
Kingdom Animalia
Phylum Chordata
Class Aves
Order Passeriformes
Family Artamidae
Genus Cracticus
Species Cracticus nigrogularis
Status least concern



Distinguishing features

It is a stockily built bird with a relatively large head and short wings and legs.  Its plumage is wholly black and white. Its has a black head, nape and throat, giving it the appearance of a black hood, which is bounded by a broad white collar. The mantle, and much of the tail and wings are black, while the rump, tail tip and outer wing feathers are white. The underparts are white. The eyes are a dark brown, the legs grey and the bill a pale bluish grey tipped with black, with a prominent hook at the end.

The juvenile Pied Butcherbird resembles the Grey Butcherbird, it has a buff upper throat and dark brown instead of black plumage.

The black hood helps distinguish the Pied Butcherbird from the Australian Magpie and much smaller Magpie-lark, the latter of which also has a much smaller beak. (Wikipedia)


  • From 33 cm to 38 cm (Length of specimen)


  • Wingspan data is not yet available.



©Atlas of Living Australia: Australian distribution: Pied Butcherbird (Cracticus nigrogularis)

Distribution and habitat preferences

It is found across much of Australia, except the far south and Tasmania. It is a bird of open woodlands and scrublands, but avoids the most arid environments. (Wikipedia)


Its diet consists mostly of small vertebrates and insects. (Wikipedia)

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