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Currawong,Pied (Strepera graculina )
Photo by John E Bolte, Australia
 


Currawong,Pied (Strepera graculina )

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The Pied Currawong is a large (44cm - 51cm), mostly black bird, with a bright yellow eye. Small patches of white are confined to the under tail, the tips and bases of the tail feathers and a small patch towards the tip of each wing (visible in flight). The sexes are similar but I believe that the bird in the photograph is a female as her breast is said to be often paler. The main call is a loud "currawong", which gives the bird its name. Other frequent sounds include deep croaks and a wolf whistle. Young Pied Currawongs are duller and browner than the adults are.
This bird is found throughout eastern Australia. It prefers forests and woodlands but has also become adapted to living in urban areas. Their diet consists of a wide range of food including small lizards, insects, caterpillars and berries. They also take a large number of small and young birds, especially around urban areas where suitable cover is scarce.Larger prey, up to the size of a young possum, is also taken, and birds will occasionally hunt as a group. Prey may be stored in a 'larder' (hung on a hook or in a tree fork or crevice)


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