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Pied Butcher Bird

The Butcher Bird song was recorded in suburbia with some light rain in the background.

The Pied Butcherbird (Cracticus nigrogularis, Gould 1837) is a songbird, native to Australia. They grow to 35 cm and have distinctive black and white plumage. Juveniles have similar markings to adults but their feathers are a dull brown and white. These birds are known for their beautiful melodies, always creating new and original songs. They are good at mimicking other species as well and their diet consists mainly of insects and small vertebrates. The Pied Butcherbirds habitat includes woodlands and forests across most parts of Australia except for Tasmania.

 Rainbow Lorikeet

The Lorikeets were recorded with background traffic noise along Sandgate’s foreshores.

The Rainbow Lorikeet (Trichoglossus haematodus) are beautifully coloured parrots found across the northern and eastern coastline of Australia, Perth (West Australia) and more recently Tasmania. Their habitat includes woodlands, rainforests and forested urban areas. Their diet consists of nectar, pollen, fruit, seeds and some insects. Lorikeets usually nest in the hollow limb of a Eucalypt tree, with the female incubating the eggs (2 eggs per clutch). They have a loud shriek for a call and fly in large fast moving flocks.

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