Grey Shrike-thrush

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Description

Grey Shrike-thrush, Colluricincla harmonica, is a mid-sized bird starting at 22cm extending through to 25cm. It's body is softly coloured shades of grey with a long tail. Black bill. White patch between bill and dark eye, white throat. Olive/brown back. Female has faint streaking on throat and pale eye-ring. Immature has dark streaking on breast and belly and a tan eyebrow. Call, melodious ringing song, rich and varied, sweet and low. Sometimes a loud ‘chirrup’ when alarmed.

Feeding Habits

Feeds on insects, small reptiles and frogs, occasionally taking nestlings or eggs, fruit and seeds. Hunts for prey under bark, along branches, and in crevices. Often seen feeding on the ground and amongst fallen timber.

Breeding

July-March. Enclosed nest is well concealed in any suitable available spot:

  • Trees or Stumps - hollow or small crevices
  • Rock ledge
  • Forest floor
  • Dense tangled foliage near house

Places to Look

The Grey Shrike-thrush bird is very widespread, partly due to the very smart breeding habits - enclosing nest in very well concealed areas.

  • Gardens
  • Open forests
  • Inland scrub
  • Woodlands
  • Golf courses
  • Watercourses

Threats

Destruction of habitat. Urban spread.

References

NQ Dry Tropics gratefully acknowledges the contribution of Birdlife Townsville (formerly the Townsville Region Bird Observers Club) to the information on this page.

Grey Shrike-thrush © Birdlife Townsville 2008

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