Pied Currawong Strepera graculina
Pied Currawong, Canberra, Australia, March 2006 - click for larger image Australia
March / April 2006

The Pied Currawong is distributed in eastern Australia from Cape York in the north to Victoria in the south and into the extreme south-east of South Australia. It is found in forest, woodland and scrub as well as in gardens and around picnic sites.

Pied Currawong, Murramarang N. P., NSW, Australia, March 2006 - click for larger image It is blackish with a large black bill and yellow eyes. It has white undertail coverts, white tips to the tail, a white window on the wings and, unlike the other Currawongs a white base to the tail feathers which is visible in flight and the edge of which can just be seen in photo 1.

I think that all these birds are of the sub-species S. g. nebulosa described by Schodde & Mason in 1999.

Pied Currawong, Mallacoota, Victoria, Australia, April 2006 - click for larger image They look very like crows but this seems to be the result of convergent evolution. They feed a bit like crows being omnivorous and feeding on the ground and on the trunks and branches of trees. However, they are in the family Artamidae which also includes butcherbirds, Australian magpies and woodswallows.
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