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Old Jun 23, 2010, 7:37 AM   #1
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The pied currawong [Strepera graculina] is a bird many love to hate - they are predators of other birds' eggs and nestlings. Though, to be fair, that is only one part of their diet, they'll eat just about anything and hang around picnic sites for any dropped morsel or discarded leftovers. They also have a very melodic call which lyrebirds mimic perfectly.

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Taken at a picnic area at Wollomombi Gorge in the Oxley Wild Rivers National Park.

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Old Jun 23, 2010, 6:12 PM   #2
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Hmmmm! I wonder what happened here - they didn't look like this on my home computer (I'm on my newer work computer now) - will need to investigate tonight.

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Is that what we here in the states call a crow or raven? Looks very similar.
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Is that what we here in the states call a crow or raven? Looks very similar.
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No it's not a member of the crow (raven) family [Corvus ...]. Currawongs are endemic to Australia, have yellow eyes and the pied currawong has white bands on its tail and wings (others can be all black - found in Tasmania or grey - found across southern Australia and Tasmania) and are a smaller bird than a crow. Crows here are all black and have white eyes but, yes, there is a strong similarity in looks. No similarity in call though!

Apparently currawongs are related to magpies and butcherbirds. see wikipaedia http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Currawong

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Bernice,

A bit busy background but you sure made justice to the black plumage (?) Capable cameras, these super zooms

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