"Butcher Birds"

Scott Ray scray at wolfenet.com
Mon Mar 18 19:56:20 PST 2002

Australia has its own Butcher Birds, four species in the genus Cracticus,
which also impales prey onto thorns. They are not closely related to
Shrikes. In the US I can only think of shrikes that impale and leave for

" Scott Ray "
" Yakima, WA "
" scray at wolfenet.com "

-----Original Message-----
From: TWEETERS-owner at u.washington.edu
[mailto:TWEETERS-owner at u.washington.edu]On Behalf Of Blake Iverson
Sent: Monday, March 18, 2002 6:48 PM
To: tweeters at u.washington.edu
Subject: Re: "Butcher Birds"

For some reason it seems that there is a bird that occasionally imaples it's
prey but I believe the shrikes here are the only birds that do that
commonly. I think that shrikes are the only ones now that I think about it.
I know that small birds of prey like merlins etc. will cache prey but not
impale. Hopefully someone else can help us out. :-)

Blake Iverson
Arlington, WA
coopershwk at hotmail.com

>From: "MaryK" <bassclef at seanet.com>

>Reply-To: <bassclef at seanet.com>

>To: "Tweeters" <tweeters at u.washington.edu>

>Subject: "Butcher Birds"

>Date: Mon, 18 Mar 2002 18:44:36 -0800


>Hi Tweets,


>One of my friends recently asked me if there were birds in the US in

>addition to shrikes who impale their prey. I did a little bit of 'Net and

>book research and haven't come up with anything. Anybody out there in

>Tweeterland have a definitive answer for him (and me!)??




>Mary Klein

>Seattle WA

>BassClef at seanet.com



Blake Iverson

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