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Grey Currawong

Strepera graculina

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Seen in a relatives backyard.

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6 Comments

lori.tas
lori.tas 9 years ago

Interesting. We get two curawongs (one of which is endemic) and one raven. At least the raven is easy to identify. ;)

StevenSpragg
StevenSpragg 9 years ago

we only get the grey and three species of crow

StevenSpragg
StevenSpragg 9 years ago

No they are an eastern states bird.

lori.tas
lori.tas 9 years ago

Yes, the bills are different, but again locally, I expect the blacks to have a more prominent hook on the tip of the bill, as well as having a generally heavier one. But your grey has a very noticeable hook. Do you get a pied curawong where you live (Tasmania lacks one)?

StevenSpragg
StevenSpragg 9 years ago

yeah i can see your problem. They do get lighter as you go west. Our two areas a separated by at least two sub-species of grey. Also Ive noticed the bill is shaped differently in both species

lori.tas
lori.tas 9 years ago

Yep, that's them Steven. Only, here they really are black. Apparently they are lightest in the western most part of their range, and get darker as they move east.

Here's the best I've managed to get of the grey: http://www.projectnoah.org/spottings/470...

And here's the black (note the black under-tail coverts): http://www.projectnoah.org/spottings/282...

StevenSpragg
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StevenSpragg

Mandurah, Western Australia, Australia

Spotted on Jan 21, 2011
Submitted on Sep 21, 2011

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