Looks like a Black & White Kookaburra

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Echidna
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Looks like a Black & White Kookaburra

Hi all.....I need some assistance.
A beautiful bird just landed in our back yard that looked like a black & white Kookaburra.
Any ideas what it might have been.

I'm on Far South Coast NSW.

Thanks
Kay

DenisWilson
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Perhaps a Grey Butherbird?
Their beak can seem very prominent, and "kingfisher-like".
http://www.birdsinbackyards.net/bird/22
Their call is very distinctive, and carries a long way.
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Clearly it is much smaller than a Kookaburra, but the proportions can appear similar, at a quick glance. Males are clearly marked.
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Down there you probably don't get the Pied BB.
Something to think about.
Cheers
Denis

Echidna
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Thanks Denis
He didn't look quite like the one in the link but he was certainly smaller than a Kooka and was very timid. The Rainbow Lorrikeets scared him off.

He seem to have that flat sort of looking head that kingfishers have and a beak that looked far too big for his body.
I got to look at him for at least a couple of minutes and he was on the ground just outside my office window no more than 1 metre away.
(I work from home)

I don't think I've ever seen a butcher bird so I don't have anything to compare.

If he comes back (and I hope he does) I'll try to get a pic

DenisWilson
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It occurred to me afterwards, that perhaps you had been looking at a Currawong, but they are longer than a Kooka.
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A Butcherbird is distinctive in its flight.
They tend to fly very directly (straight line) with fast flapping wings.
Just a little point, but it might just trigger recognition.
Cheers
Denis

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