17 February 2016


Wings on Wednesday -
YAM's take on the good, the bad, the ugly and the downright hilarious in photographing birds.

A lot of you were taken with the Aussie Butcher Bird last week... that was an adult. This is the juvenile, in its fledging feathers. They have a beautiful, throaty warble not unlike their cousins, the Australian Magpie. For those who wondered about the hook on the end of the beak; these are insect eaters (though occasionally small lizards) and the hook is used to pull bark from trees and other such activities. Their name comes from the habit of hanging their prey from fencelines or thin branches.


  1. That's a real down home, out back name for the bird.

  2. A handsome fellow he is!! A great shot, Yam, as always!!

  3. OH MY WORD Yam thank you for this info...nature and critters are just amazing!!
    Hugs Madi and mom

  4. The coloring on the juvnile's beak and eyes are beautiful!!

  5. I love Butcher Birds - we have them close to our house- more often heard than seen, but just knowing they are there is great!

    Cheers - Stewart M - Melbourne


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