A new bird in the bath

@JudyEv (136556)
Bunbury, Australia
April 30, 2017 3:18am CST
A new bird came to our bird-bath the other day. It turned out to be a pied butcher-bird (Cracticus nigrogularis). It is native to Australia and is of medium size, reaching some 35cm (14 inches) in length. The head and throat are black and it has a black 'saddle'. The neck and outer wing feathers are white as is the underneath plumage. It was quite a stocky bird and a bit like our magpies although the markings are different. Wikipedia puts their continued existence as 'of least concern' so that is good. Apparently they are quite inquisitive and can become quite tame. Wouldn't that be nice if we were able to tame a pied butcherbird? And sorry for the quality of the photo. Guess who took this one!
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@boiboing (12881)
• Northampton, England
30 Apr 17
14 inches sounds pretty big to me for a medium sized bird. Lovely picture.
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@JudyEv (136556)
• Bunbury, Australia
30 Apr 17
I suppose it does. I hadn't thought about it. Maybe it has a long tail. :)
@boiboing (12881)
• Northampton, England
30 Apr 17
@JudyEv I'm guessing it's about the size of a large magpie.
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@JudyEv (136556)
• Bunbury, Australia
30 Apr 17
@boiboing Wiki says 'our' magpie is 37 to 43cm and 'your' magpie is 44-46cm. Yours and ours are quite different in appearance. Apparently there is an 'American' magpie which is different again. Here's a photo of an Aussie magpie.
@jstory07 (71130)
• Roseburg, Oregon
30 Apr 17
The picture of the bird looks nice.
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@JudyEv (136556)
• Bunbury, Australia
30 Apr 17
Thanks. It's not terribly focussed but at least his head isn't missing.
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@sueznewz2 (10161)
• Alicante, Spain
2 May 17
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@Ronrybs (7908)
• London, England
1 May 17
A bird I've heard of, but never seen. don't think we have anything similar over here
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@JudyEv (136556)
• Bunbury, Australia
1 May 17
They haven't learnt to migrate yet.
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@Ronrybs (7908)
• London, England
2 May 17
@JudyEv Giv'em time!
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@JudyEv (136556)
• Bunbury, Australia
3 May 17
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@PatZAnthony (13118)
• Charlotte, North Carolina
30 Apr 17
That is a very pretty bird @JudyEv Guessing we don't have those here as it does not look or sound familiar.
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@JudyEv (136556)
• Bunbury, Australia
30 Apr 17
There are comments about magpies on here as they are a bit similar. I've just been researching magpies and UK, USA and Australia all have birds called 'magpies' but they are all different. The robins are different in each country too.
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@PatZAnthony (13118)
• Charlotte, North Carolina
1 May 17
@JudyEv Yes, they are different. That in itself is very interesting to me.
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@JudyEv (136556)
• Bunbury, Australia
1 May 17
@PatZAnthony We often have the same names for different things - dandelions are another one.
@besweet (7227)
• Greece
30 Apr 17
That's so nice, to have new birds coming to your bird-bath sometimes! This is a big bird, I hope you can have more of them coming there soon. Do all birds get along in the bird bath or some species are not comfortable being around other birds?
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@JudyEv (136556)
• Bunbury, Australia
30 Apr 17
Sometimes the little birds will share but otherwise you just see one species at a time.
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@besweet (7227)
• Greece
1 May 17
@JudyEv It must be interesting for you, to observe the new birds that might visit your bath! One species at a time sounds reasonable, I was just wondering if birds like to have company and share other species too!
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@JudyEv (136556)
• Bunbury, Australia
1 May 17
@besweet Occasionally they share. Or they sit on the edge saying 'hurry up. You've been in long enough'.
@Hannihar (44194)
17 Jan
He is pretty. I hope he comes back to your bird bath again.
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@JudyEv (136556)
• Bunbury, Australia
17 Jan
I haven't seen him for ages now but they have plenty of other water at the moment.
@Hannihar (44194)
17 Jan
@JudyEv I am sorry he did not come back.
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@Nawsheen (22955)
• Mauritius
30 Apr 17
I have never seen this bird. I learnt something new today. Thank you
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@JudyEv (136556)
• Bunbury, Australia
1 May 17
You're welcome. He is quite pretty isn't he?
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@Nawsheen (22955)
• Mauritius
2 May 17
@JudyEv oh yes he definitely is
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• China
30 Apr 17
This is the first I see a pied butcher-bird .It looks gentlemanly ,don't know why people call it butcher.
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@JudyEv (136556)
• Bunbury, Australia
1 May 17
They eat insects and small lizards and apparently they often impale their prey on a thorn or in a tree fork while they eat it and that's how they got the name.
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• China
2 May 17
@JudyEv Oh,I see.They seem to be beneficial birds.
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@Shavkat (65976)
• Philippines
30 Apr 17
I think you did a great job having a close shot of the bird.
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@JudyEv (136556)
• Bunbury, Australia
30 Apr 17
Thanks. It's a bit blurry which is a shame.
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@Shavkat (65976)
• Philippines
1 May 17
@JudyEv I think you did a great job. It is difficult to take a snapshot of a bird.
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@responsiveme (16861)
• India
2 May 17
Glad they are thriving
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@JudyEv (136556)
• Bunbury, Australia
2 May 17
They don't come into the bird bath too often but it's nice to see them when they do.
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@sueznewz2 (10161)
• Alicante, Spain
2 May 17
its a nice looking bird.... and the photo is good too..
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@JudyEv (136556)
• Bunbury, Australia
2 May 17
It should have been much more focussed but I was scared he'd fly away.
@snowy22315 (54159)
• United States
1 May 17
Good shot of the bird. The birds here never use the bird bath. I have stopped filling it with water. Water is plentiful here though. I don;t think they need it.
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@JudyEv (136556)
• Bunbury, Australia
1 May 17
And here they don't need food. Another difference between our countries.
@jobelbojel (8589)
• Philippines
1 May 17
This is a good looking bird. Would be nice if I see this up close.
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@JudyEv (136556)
• Bunbury, Australia
1 May 17
Because I'm in the house they don't see me so mostly they aren't frightened.
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@teamfreak16 (42038)
• Denver, Colorado
30 Apr 17
I've never heard of it, but that is a pretty bird.
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@JudyEv (136556)
• Bunbury, Australia
1 May 17
We have a few variations on a black and white theme.
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@Susan2015 (21939)
• United States
30 Apr 17
What a beautiful bird it is too!
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@JudyEv (136556)
• Bunbury, Australia
30 Apr 17
Thanks. I wish I'd got a better photo.
@allknowing (70570)
• India
30 Apr 17
Thanks to our birdbath and fruit trees we get many birds visiting us. I notice we do not get birds that visit you
I created this video with the YouTube Slideshow Creator (http://www.youtube.com/upload) Happy to share my moments with the birds that visit Solitaire
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@JudyEv (136556)
• Bunbury, Australia
30 Apr 17
And yours are foreign to me too although the Indian mynah bird has established itself in the east. Thanks for adding the link.
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@JohnRoberts (64896)
• Los Angeles, California
30 Apr 17
Any idea why it is called "butcher-bird"?
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@LadyDuck (181878)
• Switzerland
30 Apr 17
It looks like a pretty big bird, 35 cm. is more or less like a magpie, may be they have a longer tail.
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@JudyEv (136556)
• Bunbury, Australia
30 Apr 17
They're a solid bird, aren't they? The magpie has different markings.