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Artamidae - Woodswallows, Butcherbirds, Currawongs

 

Classification

 Kingdom: Animalia 
 Phylum: Chordata
 Class: Aves
 Order: Passeriformes 
 Family: Artamidae

Butcher BirdThere are 23 species of birds in this family. They are crow-like birds found in Australia, the Indo-Pacific region, and Southern Asia. There are two smaller subfamilies in this family.

Artaminae are the woodswallows. They are dull in color and catch insects while in flight. They have sturdy bills; long, pointed wings; and unlike most passerine birds, can soar!

The second subfamily, the Cracticinae, includes the Australian magpie, the butcherbirds, and the currawongs. They are black and white or gray and white and have distinct and beautiful songs.

 

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World Status Key
Least ConcernLeast Concern Near ThreatenedNear Threatened VulnerableVulnerable EndangeredEndangered Critically EndangeredCritically Endangered extinct in the wildExtinct in Wild extinctExtinct Not Enough DataNot Enough Data
Status and range is taken from ICUN Redlist.

U.S. Status Key
Threatened in US Threatened in US Endangered in US Endangered in US
Status taken from US Fish and Wildlife. Click on U.S. status icon to go to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife species profile.
 

New Hampshire Status Key
Threatened in New Hampshire Threatened in NH Endangered in NH Endangered in NH breeds in nh Breeds in NH Introduced Introduced
Status taken from NH Fish and Game

Location Key
Africa Africa Asia Asia Australia Australia/Oceania Europe Europe North America North America South America South America New Hampshire Species NH More Info Click for More Info picture Click for Image

  New Hampshire Species

 

 North/Central American Species

None   Eurasian Skylark - Alauda arvensis Least Concern Introduced Species image More Info

Species Around the World

Artaminae
Ashy Woodswallow - Artamus fuscus Least Concern Asia image More Info
White-backed Woodswallow - Artamus insignis Least Concern Australia More Info
Black-faced Woodswallow - Artamus cinereus Least Concern Asia Australia image More Info
Dusky Woodswallow - Artamus cyanopterus Least Concern Australia image More Info
Fiji Woodswallow - Artamus mentalis Least Concern Australia image More Info
Great Woodswallow - Artamus maximus Least Concern Asia Australia image More Info
Ivory-backed Woodswallow - Artamus monachus Least Concern Asia Australia image More Info
Little Woodswallow - Artamus minor Least Concern Australia image More Info
Masked Woodswallow - Artamus personatus Least Concern Australia image More Info
White-breasted Woodswallow - Artamus leucorynchus Least Concern Asia Australia image More Info
White-browed Woodswallow - Artamus superciliosus Least Concern Australia image More Info
 

Cracticinae
Hooded Butcherbird - Cracticus cassicus Least Concern Asia Australia image More Info
Tagula Butcherbird - Cracticus louisiadensis Data Deficient Australia
Black-backed Butcherbird - Cracticus mentalis Least Concern Asia Australia image More Info
Pied Butcherbird - Cracticus nigrogularis Least Concern Australia image More Info
Black Butcherbird - Cracticus quoyi Least Concern Asia Australia image More Info
Gray Butcherbird - Cracticus torquatus Least Concern Australia image More Info
Australian Magpie - Gymnorhina tibicen Least Concern Asia Australia image More Info
Lowland Peltops - Peltops blainvillii Least Concern Asia Australia image More Info
Mountain Peltops - Peltops montanus Least Concern Asia Australia More Info
Black Currawong - Strepera fuliginosa Least Concern Australia image More Info
Pied Currawong - Strepera graculina Least Concern Australia image More Info
Gray Currawong - Strepera versicolor Least Concern Australia image More Info

Additional Information

Resource Key
profile Profile Photos Photos Video Video Audio Audio

Ashy Woodswallow - Artamus fuscus Photos Video Audio Least Concern Asia Australia
The ashy woodswallow has light gray plumage on its uppersides and a cream-colored chest and belly.
Source: Internet Bird Collection Intended Audience: General Reading Level: Middle School Teacher Section: No

Eurasian Skylark - Alauda arvensis Photos Video Video Least Concern Introduced Species
The Eurasian skylark is found across much of Europe and Asia.
Source: Arkive Intended Audience: General Reading Level: Middle School Teacher Section: Yes

Black-faced Woodswallow - Artamus cinereus Photos Video Least Concern Asia Australia
The black-faced woodswallow is found in Australia, Indonesia, and Timor-Leste.
Source: Internet Bird Collection Intended Audience: General Reading Level: Middle School Teacher Section: No

Black-faced Woodswallow - Artamus cinereus profile Photos Least Concern Asia Australia
The black-faced woodswallow is the most sedentary of the woodswallows, it will move to coastal areas during droughts.
Source: Birds in Backyards Intended Audience: General Reading Level: Middle School Teacher Section: No

Black-faced Woodswallow - Artamus cinereus profile Photos Video Least Concern Asia Australia
The black-faced woodswallow has light gray plumage and a black mask.
Source: Arkive Intended Audience: General Reading Level: Middle School Teacher Section: Yes

Dusky Woodswallow - Artamus cyanopterus Photos Video Least Concern Australia
The dusky woodswallow is found in eastern and southern Australia.
Source: Internet Bird Collection Intended Audience: General Reading Level: Middle School Teacher Section: No

Dusky Woodswallow - Artamus cyanopterus profile Photos Least Concern Australia
The dusky woodswallow is a smoky deep brown to Gray bird. Its wings are dark blue Gray, edged white and its underwings are silvery-white.
Source: Birds in Backyards Intended Audience: General Reading Level: Middle School Teacher Section: No

Fiji Woodswallow - Artamus mentalis profile Photos Video Audio Least Concern Australia
The Fiji woodswallow is found in Fiji.
Source: Internet Bird Collection Intended Audience: General Reading Level: Middle School Teacher Section: No

Great Woodswallow - Artamus maximus Photos Video Least Concern Asia Australia
The great woodswallow has black uppersides and a white chest and belly. It is found in Indonesia and Papua New Guinea.
Source: Internet Bird Collection Intended Audience: General Reading Level: Middle School Teacher Section: No

Ivory-backed Woodswallow - Artamus monachus Video Least Concern Asia Australia
The ivory-backed woodswallow is native to Indonesia.
Source: Internet Bird Collection Intended Audience: General Reading Level: Middle School Teacher Section: No

Little Woodswallow - Artamus minor Photos Video Least Concern Australia
The little woodswallow is the smallest of the woodswallows.
Source: Internet Bird Collection Intended Audience: General Reading Level: Middle School Teacher Section: No

Masked Woodswallow - Artamus personatus Photos Video Least Concern Australia
The masked woodswallow is found in Australia and New Zealand.
Source: Internet Bird Collection Intended Audience: General Reading Level: Middle School Teacher Section: No

White-breasted Woodswallow - Artamus leucorynchus Photos Video Audio Least Concern Asia Australia
The white-breasted woodswallow breeds from the Andaman Islands east through Indonesia and northern Australia.
Source: Internet Bird Collection Intended Audience: General Reading Level: Middle School Teacher Section: No

White-breasted Woodswallow - Artamus leucorynchus profile Photos Least Concern Asia Australia
The white-breasted woodswallow is a medium-sized bird with a dark gray head and neck, dark blue-gray upperparts, tail and wings,and white underparts and underwings.
Source: Birds in Backyards Intended Audience: General Reading Level: Middle School Teacher Section: No

White-browed Woodswallow - Artamus superciliosus Photos Video Audio Least Concern Australia
The white-browed woodswallow is found in inland Australia.
Source: Internet Bird Collection Intended Audience: General Reading Level: Middle School Teacher Section: No

White-browed Woodswallow - Artamus superciliosus profile Photos Least Concern Australia
The white-browed woodswallow has a black face and chin with white eyebrows, blue-gray upperparts, and a chestnut brown lower breast and undertail.
Source: Internet Bird Collection Intended Audience: General Reading Level: Middle School Teacher Section: No

Australian Magpie - Gymnorhina tibicen profile Photos Video Audio Least Concern Asia Australia
The Australian magpie is a black and white crow-like bird.
Source: Internet Bird Collection Intended Audience: General Reading Level: Middle School Teacher Section: No

Black Butcherbird - Cracticus quoyi Photos Video Least Concern Asia Australia
The black butcherbird is found in Australia, Indonesia, and Papua New Guinea.
Source: Internet Bird Collection Intended Audience: General Reading Level: Middle School Teacher Section: No

Black Currawong - Strepera fuliginosa Photos Video Least Concern Australia
The black currawong is found in Tasmania.
Source: Internet Bird Collection Intended Audience: General Reading Level: Middle School Teacher Section: No

Black Currawong - Strepera fuliginosa profile Photos Least Concern Australia
The black currawong is a medium-sized bird, with a heavy, black bill, black body and bright yellow eyes.
Source: Birds in Backyards Intended Audience: General Reading Level: Middle School Teacher Section: No

Black-backed butcherbird - Cracticus mentalis Photos Least Concern Asia Australia
The black-backed Butcherbird is found in Papua New Guinea, Indonesia, and northern Queensland in Australia.
Source: Internet Bird Collection Intended Audience: General Reading Level: Middle School Teacher Section: No

Gray Butcherbird - Cracticus torquatus profile Photos Least Concern Australia
The gray butcherbird has a black crown and face and a gray back, with a thin white collar.
Source: Birds in Backyards Intended Audience: General Reading Level: Middle School Teacher Section: No

Gray Butcherbird - Cracticus torquatus profile Photos Video Audio Least Concern Australia
The gray butcherbird is found in Australia.
Source: Internet Bird Collection Intended Audience: General Reading Level: Middle School Teacher Section: No

Gray Currawong - Strepera versicolor profile Photos Video Audio Least Concern Australia
The gray currawong is found in southern Australia and Tasmania.
Source: Internet Bird Collection Intended Audience: General Reading Level: Middle School Teacher Section: No

Gray Currawong - Strepera versicolor profile Photos Least Concern Australia
There are six subspecies of gray currawong.
Source: Birds in Backyards Intended Audience: General Reading Level: Middle School Teacher Section: No

Hooded Butcherbird - Cracticus cassicus Photos Video Audio Least Concern Asia Australia
The hooded butcherbird is found in Indonesia and Papua New Guinea.
Source: Internet Bird Collection Intended Audience: General Reading Level: Middle School Teacher Section: No

Lowland Peltops - Peltops blainvillii Photos Video Least Concern Asia Australia
The lowland peltops is found in Indonesia and Papua New Guinea.
Source: Internet Bird Collection Intended Audience: General Reading Level: Middle School Teacher Section: No

Mountain Peltops - Peltops montanus Photos Video Least Concern Asia Australia
The mountain peltops is found in Indonesia and Papua New Guinea.
Source: Internet Bird Collection Intended Audience: General Reading Level: Middle School Teacher Section: No

Pied Butcherbird - Cracticus nigrogularis Photos Video Audio Least Concern Australia
The pied butcherbird is found in Australia.
Source: Internet Bird Collection Intended Audience: General Reading Level: Middle School Teacher Section: No

Pied Butcherbird - Cracticus nigrogularis profile Photos Least Concern Australia
The pied butcherbird is a medium-sized black and white bird with a black hood, dark brown eyes and long, hooked, gray and black bill.
Source: Birds in Backyards Intended Audience: General Reading Level: Middle School Teacher Section: No

Pied Currawong - Strepera graculina Photos Video Audio Least Concern Australia
The pied currawong is found in Australia and Lord Howe Island.
Source: Internet Bird Collection Intended Audience: General Reading Level: Middle School Teacher Section: No

White-backed Woodswallow - Artamus insignis Photos Video Least Concern Australia
The white-backed woodswallow is also known as the Bismark woodswallow. It is found in Papua New Guinea.
Source: Internet Bird Collection Intended Audience: General Reading Level: Middle School Teacher Section: No