butcher bird songsters
piping loud their magic flutes
like dawn nightingales
Butcher bird territory spreads across mainland Australia.
The one pictured above is a youngster (photographed on my verandah rail).
All those brown tones will darken to black.
Their song impressed Olivier Messiaen, who incorporated pied butcherbird song into his last work,
Éclairs sur l’au-delà.
More detail about the butcher bird and their musical range of song is HERE
(scroll down to just above the WARNING ad for their swooping habits!)
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