Watching for Bugs

Above is a photo of a juvenile grey butcherbird that I spotted just recently, and I was really happy to see it because I last saw this bird in early February and was worried that something had happened to it.

In a way, something did happen to it – it grew up and found it’s own way to the front of our property where it seems to be happily living and surviving.

The bird caught my eye diving to the ground catching bugs after my husband mowed the lawn.

The last time I saw this little bird, it was small and thin, coloured various shades of brown and was tagging along behind its parents. Now, it’s out on its own, looks healthy, and the brown feathers are starting to turn black around its head and the brown feathers on its back are starting to turn black and grey.

I did some research on the internet about the grey butcherbirds and in some families, the juveniles leave home early instead of hanging out with the parents for another year to help bring up the next lot of babies. Maybe this would explain why the two young ones suddenly stopped visiting back in February. Perhaps things are good in our area and the young ones decided it was time to move out. Or maybe mum and dad sent them on their way!

You can click here to read my earlier post about the grey butcherbird family that’s been visiting us.


11 thoughts on “Watching for Bugs

    1. Thanks Denis. Everyone seems to get along most of the time, it all comes to a head when there are babies around. But I would love to know why this grey butcherbird family suddenly appeared here late last year and continue to hang around, despite protests from the pied butcherbirds. Maybe something
      happened to their home and they had to move, probably land clearing, as there’s a lot of that going on here. Such a shame.


    1. On the contrary, the grey butcherbird has a lovely melodic call. They can be aggressive where territory is concerned and can cause some injury with their hooked beak, but they are lovely to have around, especially when they sound a warning when there’s a snake or goanna prowling around.

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