Pied Currawong

May 02, 2020

Pied Currawong

I follow a very talented photographer who, for several years, has photographed the different stages of a pair of currawongs' breeding season. From nest building to their chicks fledging, the photos show intimate glimpses into the lives of this loveable pair, Bruce and Charlotte.
To see Dr Nick's amazing photography: Flickr or Twitter

A bit about pied currawongs
Often confused with the Australian magpie, the pied currawong is a similar size but a little more streamlined in shape. Another easy way to tell these two birds apart is their eye colour – the magpie has an amber/orange iris and the currawong has a bright yellow iris. Pied currawongs are jet black with white areas on the wings and tail. They have a beautiful song with a wide repertoire – those I have got to know in Sydney seem to be sung at certain times of the day, for example, the song they sing at dawn differs to that sung at dusk. They have a different sound often heard before it rains and another quieter 'chirping' which they can sit for hours singing when seeking a mate. Currawongs seem to pair for life, or at least for several years. They normally raise 2-4 chicks a year in an untidy, twiggy nest which is usually located high in a tree.
Pied currawong Strepera graculina

Pied Currawong bird original acrylic painting by Amanda Gosse





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