Pied Currawong

A Pied Currawong perching amongst the foliage of a tree with one leg raised. [Photographed by Peter Rowland]
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Scientific Name: Strepera graculina

Size: 44 to 51 cm

What does it look like?

This large black and white bird is often confused with the Australian Magpie, although it is quite different in plumage.  The Pied Currawong is almost entirely black, with large patches of white in the wings and a white base and tip to the tail.  Unlike the Magpie, the bill is wholly black and the eye is yellow. The name Currawong was derived from the “currawong” call of the Pied Currawong.  Other calls include guttural croaks and a wolf whistle. 

Where is it found?

The Pied Currawong is found throughout eastern Australia. Two other species of Currawong are found in Australia.  The Grey Currawong is found through Australia’s south, while the Black Currawong is restricted to Tasmania.  Both of these species differ from the Pied Currawong in having no white on the rump. 

What are its habitats & habits?

The Pied Currawong is found in forests and woodlands, and is a common bird around suburban areas.  Currawongs feed on a variety of foods including small lizards, insects, caterpillars and berries, and their penchant for young birds has made them an unpopular species among bird lovers. 

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Front cover of Australia's Birdwatching Megaspots book showing a picture of an Eastern Spinebill

This species features in my book Australia’s Birdwatching Megaspots

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