Backyard Buddies
Pied Currawong

Photo: Marj Kibby

Pied Currawong

Go Back

If you have heard a black and white bird calling 'curra-wong, curra-wong' around your place, then you have just identified the Pied Currawong. This call is how the bird gets its name.

Pied Currawongs, Strepera graculina, love hanging out in the suburbs in eastern Australia. You cannot miss them. They are large, mostly black birds, with bright yellow eyes and. small patches of white under the tail and on the tips and base of the tail feathers.

Currawongs will walk along the rails of your veranda, perch on your clothesline or sing from the telegraph pole outside your home.

Pied Currawong females are responsible for building the nest. She makes the bowl-shaped nest out of sticks lined with grasses and other soft material. The nest is built in a high tree fork, up to 20m above the ground.

If you see a Currawong foraging on your lawn, it is looking for grubs and insects to eat.

Currawongs are omnivores, which means they eat both meat and plants. They prey on skinks, small birds and chicks, but they also love to eat berries.

Currawongs are great helpers to have around. They also eat up carrion (dead animals) and clean up roadkill from the streets.

Pied Currawongs also eat two particular species of stick insect that can defoliate patches of eucalyptus forests if there are too many of them around.

Having Currawongs around will help keep your local area healthy and thriving.

Pied Currawongs look similar to the Australian Magpie and the Pied Butcherbird, but with a few key differences.

You can easily tell these similar birds apart by their eyes.

Currawongs have yellow eyes, whereas Magpies have red-brown eyes and Butcherbirds have very dark brown, almost black eyes.

Pied Currawongs also don't have any white markings on their back, unlike Magpies or Butcherbirds.

Pied Currawongs love:

But they don't like:

Be a Buddy to Pied Currawongs

Try to:


Don't be surprised if :

A few more Pied Currawong facts

Related Factsheets:

Black & White Birds

What bird is that? Many birds look similar and can be hard to tell apart from a distance. Black and white birds are some of the most commonly seen in our backyards. Pied Butcherbird The Pied Butcherbird has a beautiful, musical call that sounds like loud, clear notes from a flute. T..


Eastern Koel

The Eastern Koel is a common buddy in many backyards in cities and towns across eastern and northern Australia. Traditionally inhabiting woodlands and rainforests, they're also comfortable in urban places, particularly where there are tall trees to hide in and lots of fruiting plants. K..



Laughing Kookaburras have a complex social structure and communicate with a wide variety of sounds. Their distinctive “laugh” is actually warning other kookaburras to stay out of their territory. To let other kookaburras know where their home territory is, a family group will laugh througho..


Masked Lapwing (Plover)

Masked Lapwings are a common visitor to grassy and wet areas of our cities and towns. They love to nest on the ground in parks, school ovals, golf courses, sports fields, and pastures. Masked Lapwings breed after wet weather, in summer and autumn in northern Australia and during winter t..


Noisy Miner

The Noisy Miner is a common buddy in many backyards in cities and towns across eastern Australia. Their noisy call can be a nuisance but there are lots of ways to manage them and enjoy their helpful behaviours. Traditionally inhabiting open woodlands, they're also comfortable in urban places..


Pied Currawong

Growing up to 51 cm, Pied Currawongs are impossible to miss. Their jet black feathers are a striking contrast to their bright yellow eyes. Pied Currawongs also have splotches of white on their tail, undertail and wing tips, which are revealed when they fly. These birds have a cheeky stre..


Rainbow Lorikeet

Rainbow lorikeets tend to roost in large groups and can be seen just on dusk arriving by the hundreds at their favourite roosting place, usually in tall eucalypts. These colourful birds can be seen almost anywhere along the east coast of Australia. Their behaviour is quite comical at times, ..



”We can’t lose our natural wonders, unique wildlife or beautiful landscapes - that’s why I support FNPW“

Larry - FNPW Supporter, VIC

Photo: OEH