Masked Shrike Grubber
The masked shrike larvae 33 cm long is a slender bird with a black face, bluish-gray underside, dark gray wingtips and a white tail tip. The flight is wave-like, after landing it quickly shakes its wings. The call is a squeaky kaark or melodic whistling sound.
The bird lives in distant parts of Australia. Migration behavior differs depending on the population: some migrate for the winter to New Guinea, some stay nearby, others wander around Australia. These flocks descend where it has recently rained and where there are a large number of insects. In addition to the humid jungle, the bird inhabits most of the forested areas. It also appears in populated areas and can often be seen on power lines.
The masked shrike larvae looks for large insects and their larvae on the ground or in the foliage. On occasion, food is supplemented with berries. Outside the nesting period, birds form large flocks.
During the nesting period from August to February, the male and the female build a small bowl-shaped nest in the fork of a branch made of twigs and pieces of bark, which are held together by cobwebs. Clutch usually consists of 3 eggs. Both adult birds feed juveniles, which become independent after 3 weeks.