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Every aspect of the forest and countryside blend together seamlessly, as do the crosscuts between scenes — the slow smooth transitions and minimal soundtrack are absolutely stunning as are the expansive aerial shots. This reminded me a little of Australian director Greg McLean and how he captures the Australian outback. The Ornithologist loses a bit of its magnificence though with its narrative which starts off being relatively straight forward before becoming a little stranger and then quite surrealist — there are a lot of bible references and symbolism which make for some good discussion and chin stroking at the end, but some of the metaphors and symbols are a bit much.

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The film is also littered with gay sexual references which are a bit forced and predictable at times, but viewers will probably still appreciate the Paul Hamy nakedness. At the end of the day, if you think the subject matter to be a little over-the-top or confusing, you still have a lovely Portuguese wildlife documentary — the birds are even listed in the end credits. Approach this with an appetite for investigation and look for the clues. The direction this narrative goes is entirely up to you.


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You are commenting using your Facebook account. The grey butcherbird is smaller than the Pied Butcherbird Cracticus nigrogularis. The adult grey butcherbird has a black head, top and sides; and a white chin and throat through to the lower hindneck. The upperbody is mostly dark grey with streaks of narrow white bands that extends across the uppertail-coverts at the base of the tail.

The uppertail is black with narrow white tips. The wings are grey with large areas of white and the underside of the wing is also white. Both the male and female grey butcherbirds are similar in appearance, but the female is slightly smaller in size. The juvenile is slightly different from the adult, as the juvenile does not have a black head, instead the head is a dark brown with fine streaks on the forehead and ear-covers and white loral spots that meet the eyes and bill, as well as having an off-white chin and throat.

The upperbody is dark brown with streaks, and the uppertail-coverts are also a dark brown and have a brownish colour at the base of the uppertail.

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The juvenile grey butcherbird is commonly mistaken for a small kingfisher. All members of the territorial group contribute to the territorial song, a loud and rollicking song with both musical and harsh elements. The song can be sung by only one member, but more often it is sung in duet or as a group.

Some duets are antiphonal where it is not obvious that two or more birds are singing. Most songs are sung with more than one phase and are sung antiphonally.

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These songs consist of different group members singing different phases sequentially, but sometimes there are some overlap. Some songs have been known to last up to 15 minutes. During this time, there is no vocal interaction with groups from other territories. The grey butcherbird usually breed in single territorial pairs from July to January. The nest is lined with grasses and other soft fibres. The grey butcherbird is found in a range of habitats, from eucalypt forests and woodlands, mallee and acacia shrublands, rainforests and riparian vegetation to urban areas and residential townships.

Grey butcherbirds feed on invertebrates, mainly insects; small vertebrates, including other small birds and their nestlings and lizards; and occasionally fruit and small seeds.

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Uneaten food and food that is too large to be eaten whole can also be impaled or stored for later. Grey butcherbirds sit in branches and wait for prey. Prey is captured by the grey butcherbird sally-pouncing the prey on the ground. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.

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