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Pied Currawong

Strepera graculina ssp. graculina

Description:

One of my favourite Australian birds, the Pied Currawong, is closely related to the Butcherbirds and Australian Magpie of the family Artamidae. It's a medium-sized black passerine bird native to eastern Australia and Lord Howe Island. One of three Currawong species in the genus Strepera. I don't know if this spotting was male or female, but it was definitely a nesting bird. I kept a safe distance, although it seemed friendly enough, but I wasn't about to push my luck. The nest was nearby (I could here the chick), and the parents can, and do, attack. They can inflict a nasty wound. Known for its melodious calls, the species' name Currawong is believed to be of indigenous origin.

Habitat:

This specimen was spotted in native bushland in Girraween National Park, along the Pyramid Track. Remote, lots are granite boulders, substantial undergrowth and leaf litter. Here's some park info - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Girraween_N... This species prefer forests and woodlands, but has become well adapted to suburban areas also.

Notes:

I don't often see these birds around Brisbane, so I was delighted to spot this fellow. Magpies are usually the go in Brisbane. And Butcherbirds. I do see more Currawongs in Sydney though, particularly during the dry spells.

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9 Comments

maplemoth662
maplemoth662 2 years ago

Your welcome, Neil Ross....

Neil Ross
Neil Ross 2 years ago

Thanks, maplemoth662. These birds are real characters. I'm very fond of them.

maplemoth662
maplemoth662 2 years ago

Photo No. 1: is very beautiful....

Neil Ross
Neil Ross 5 years ago

And cheers, Mark.

Neil Ross
Neil Ross 5 years ago

Vinny, I would have paid to see that. I love it when nature out-wits us.

Mark Ridgway
Mark Ridgway 5 years ago

Ha!! Great story Vinny... easy to believe with these birds.
Excellent series (as usual) Neil.

Vinny
Vinny 5 years ago

My partner was outsmarted by a Currawong in Tasmania, trying to feed it an old peach, the Currawong lead her away from a bag of nice peaches, then flew over her head grabbed the nice peaches, perched in a tree and ate them leaving her with a smelly old peach. Very funny to watch

Neil Ross
Neil Ross 5 years ago

Thanks, guys. The look of recognition in the third photo is quite amazing, and I think it shows they are smart. Anyone who knows a currawong knows they aren't dummies.

James McNair
James McNair 5 years ago

Awesome

Neil Ross
Spotted by
Neil Ross

QLD, Australia

Spotted on Oct 15, 2014
Submitted on Nov 15, 2014

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