Pied Currawong

Strepera graculina.

Image by Alex Wilson

The Pied Currawong has a distinctive yellow eye; its body is mainly black with patches of white under the tail, tips of the wings and base of the tail. The bill is large and black and the legs are dark grey. Both sexes are similar, but the female can be grey on the underparts. They are found throughout eastern Australia, from northern Queensland to Victoria in forests and woodlands, and has adapted to suburban areas. They are known for their distinctive, loud and ringing calls "currawong", which gives the bird its name.

Pied Currawongs are solitary, or can be seen in pairs or family groups apart from in breeding season where flocks form. They are territorial and aggressive to each other at times. In the north of their range where temperatures are warmer they tend to stay in the same area year round, but in the South where it is colder they may move from higher areas to the lowlands as the temperature drops.

They are omnivores and feed on berries, insects and small lizards, small and young birds, especially around suburban areas where suitable cover is scarce. Larger prey, up to the size of a young possum may also be taken. Prey may be stored on a hook or in a tree fork or crevice and either eaten straight away or over a period of time. Being opportunistic feeders they may scavenge in picnic grounds or backyards, so remember always clean up before you leave as human foods are no good for native animals.

The nest placed in a tree fork up to 20 m above the ground, is a bowl shape made of sticks and lined with grasses and other soft material. The female builds the nest gathered by both male and female; she incubates the eggs and feed the chicks, whilst the male in turn feeds her.

 

 

 

 

 

 
 
 

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All native birds, mammals, amphibians and reptiles are proteced under the Wildlife Act 1975, they may not be captured or harmed in any way without an authority issued under the Wildlife Act.