The Pied Currawong (Strepera graculina)

Pied Currawong in Marysville. These birds can be found throughout Melbourne as well.  

Pied Currawong in Marysville. These birds can be found throughout Melbourne as well.  

One of my favourite Australian birds, these yellow-eyed locals are one of three species of currawong, and can be found throughout eastern Australia.

Common around Melbourne and throughout Victoria, they spend most of their time in the trees on the lookout for food. They are omnivorous, eating a variety of insects, fruits and berries, and are always eager to steal a careless picnicker’s lunch.

Because they are tree-dwelling, they can afford to share territory with the ground-foraging Australian Magpie (Cracticus tibicen), with whom they are close relatives. They can be distinguished from magpies by their yellow (instead of red) eyes, dark beaks, black backs, and short legs.

Agile and intelligent birds, the Pied Currawong has a characteristic undulating flight, and a distinctive call that can be heard across the suburbs of our city and from which the bird derives its common-name (Curra-wong).

These charismatic birds usually lay a clutch of three eggs, and tend to be sedentary throughout the year.

Listen out for a pair or group near you!

 

These birds have adapted well to human settlement and are always on the lookout for an easy meal.

These birds have adapted well to human settlement and are always on the lookout for an easy meal.