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Strepera graculina ssp. graculina
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.
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.
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.
Spotted on Oct 15, 2014
Submitted on Nov 15, 2014
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