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Pied Currawong

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Pied Currawong

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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.

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