Butcherbirds, Ioras and Cuckooshrikes

The gallery features images of butcherbirds and allies from the Artamidae family of woodswallows that I photographed in Australia’s forests, botanic gardens, and urban areas. Ioras from the Aegithinidae family prefer wooded area habitats: photos are in Singapore’s parks. Cuckooshrikes belong to the Campephagidae family; they inhabit most forested environments. I photographed them in Australia’s national parks and Singapore’s parks and reserves.

Butcherbirds, Ioras and Cuckooshrikes

Butcherbird, Iora and Cuckooshrike Notes

All featured species are ‘Red List 2019’ assessed as ‘Least Concern’. The family of butcherbirds and their allies (Cracticidae) are now part of the Artamidae family of Woodswallows (Artamidae). Featured images include three species of butcherbirds including two Australian endemics (grey and pied); Two subspecies of Australian magpie (black-backed and white-backed); And two Australian endemic species of currawong (black and pied). The gallery displays adult portraits five species from two genera of cuckooshrikes together with an image featuring pied triller chicks and male and female photos of the common Iora.

Pied Triller Nesting Behaviour

Pied Triller Nesting Behaviour Notes

The female chose to build its nest in Kranji Marshes car park, as such it attracted lots of photographers. This short photo essay shows images of the female bringing insects back to the nest to feed her chicks, removal of faecal sacs and the chicks squawking for more food. The young were ready to fledge and just fitted in the shallow nest. The on the right seemed to get most of the food.

Butcherbirds Behaviour

Butcherbirds and their Allies Behaviour Notes

The first three images show a pied currawong feeding on a flying fox (bat) in one of Sydney’s Royal Botanic Garden’s trees. I assume this was carrion left by a predator of the flying fox. There are no longer any grey-headed flying-fox colonies in the garden, so I guess they still visit from other camps around Sydney. Other images feature several species of butcherbird foraging for food; including an immature pied butcherbird trying to extract a grub from a hole in the tree branch. A grey-head butcherbird had bathed in the Tidal River at Wilsons Promontory and was drying out and preening itself. The final image shows a black currawong perched on my car wing-mirror at Cradle Mountain.