Butcherbirds (Cracticidae)

Hooded Butcherbird (Cracticus cassicus) - HBW 14, p. 339

French: Cassican à tête noire German: Papuametzgervogel Spanish: Verdugo Cabecinegro
Other common names: Black-and-white/Black-headed/Black-backed(!)/Pied Butcherbird(!)

Taxonomy: Ramphastos cassicus Boddaert, 1783, New Guinea.
Forms a superspecies with C. nigrogularis and C. louisiadensis; possibly conspecific with latter. Two subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution:

  • cassicus ( Boddaert, 1783) - West Papuan Is, New Guinea and satellite islands (except those off SE coast), and Aru Is.
  • hercules Mayr, 1940 - Trobriand Is (Kailuna, Kiriwana and Kitawa) and D'Entrecasteaux Archipelago (Goodenough and Fergusson), off SE New Guinea.