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Grey Butcherbird surrounded by Pink Orchid Tree flowers, Mt Coot-tha, Brisbane, Australia.  //  Grey Butcherbird - Artamidae: Cracticus torquatus. Length to 25cm, wingspan to NNcm, weight to NNg. Widespread in woodland habitats throughout Australia, except for rainforests. An active species with a range of vigorous flute-like calls, as well as a distinctive 'whisper song' when it quietly imitates other species occurring in its territory. Carnivorous, preying upon small vertebrates and a variety of invertebrates. Occasionally stores prey on a sharp thorn or branchlet for later dissection, leading to the common name, and the sobriquet 'Thorn Bird.' IUCN Status: Least Concern.  /  Pink Orchid Tree - Fabaceae: Bauhinia variegata. Height to 12m, DBH to 1m, canopy diameter to 10m. Originally from south-east Asia, including India, Pakistan and southern China. Also known as Camel's Foot Tree, Orchid Tree, and Mountain Ebony. An attractive street tree in tropical and sub-tropical areas, flowering during spring, when following suitable seasons tree are laden with flowers. Flowers may sprout directly from a branch or lower trunk - a phenomena known as cauliflory. IUCN Status: Least Concern.   //  Dr Eric Lindgren, EL, PS.