Butcherbirds (Cracticidae)

Pied Butcherbird (Cracticus nigrogularis) - HBW 14, p. 338

French: Cassican à gorge noire German: Schwarzkehl-Metzgervogel Spanish: Verdugo Gorjinegro
Other common names: Black-throated Butcherbird, (Black-throated) Crow-shrike

Taxonomy: Vanga nigrogularis Gould, 1837, New South Wales, Australia.
Forms a superspecies with C. cassicus and C. louisiadensis. Races intergrade in N Queensland (SC Cape York Peninsula S to upper Georgina R and Diamantina R). Geographical variation partly clinal in W (race picatus), with gradual decrease in size from S to N; birds from W & C Australia sometimes recognized as race kalgoorli (described from Kalgoorlie, in S Western Australia), but probably part of this cline. Two subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution:

  • picatus Gould, 1848 - N & W Australia E to NW Queensland, S (except in main desert areas) to S Western Australia and NW South Australia.
  • nigrogularis ( Gould, 1837) - E Australia from N, C & E Queensland S to E South Australia and N Victoria (Murray R).