Tuesday, 13 February 2018

Wild Bird Wednesday 290 - Black Currawong

The Black Currawong (Strepera fuliginosa) is another species that is endemic to Tasmania.  On first glance you would think that these birds are a form of crow - but in reality they are more closely related to butcher-birds and the Australian Magpie.  It's a large an impressive bird, with a length of about 47cm.

Although it does not show up in these pictures, this individual either had a damaged (or very dirty) right eye.  However, (s)he seems to be doing OK.

These pictures were taken just outside the Cradle Mountain National Park in Tasmania.  This is classic summer, upland territory for this species.






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22 comments:

David Gascoigne said...

It is quite sleek and attenuated, and with that prominent yellow eye, looks more like a Common Grackle at a quick glance, than a crow, here in North America. Tasmania has a remarkable number of endemics.

Yamini MacLean said...

Hari OM
In Sydney, I loved the song of the Currawong. Then, on visiting Lord Howe Island, I discovered the Currawong there have an 'accent' - one might even say a 'dialect'. Turned out it wasn't my imagination! As a matter of interest, I was also sad to read the LHI 'wong is now listed as "vulnerable" (there's other good info in that link!). YAM xx

Breathtaking said...

Hello Stewart,:) Wonderful captures of this amazing looking bird, with it's long lines and sculptured head. The Black Currawong is most impressive. Many thanks for sharing, and hosting.:)

Pat Ulrich said...

Always cool to see an endemic species! I agree with David's comment above -- it does have a lot of similarities to the look of our Common Grackle

Author R. Mac Wheeler said...

cool bird...wish him luck with that eye

Missy George said...

Not a very attractive bird but I guess we can't all be pretty or handsome..Kinda looks like our Grackles only bigger..Great shots..

NatureFootstep said...

a very strange head on this bird. But there was birds in Queensland with even more extreme features :)

Marie Smith said...

It’s a beauty. Small head compared to the beak. Its name is wonderful!

Brian King said...

Love the eyes and beak! Very good looking bird!

Kenneth Cole Schneider said...

That is quite an imposing beak on that very big bird!

Phil Slade said...

Well yes, as soon as I saw that the word "crow" leapt to mid. An unusual sort of head shape and an inpressive bird.

Rhodesia said...

It looks almost beak heavy but guess it s well balanced in fact! Have a good week. Cheers Diane

JP A Quiet Corner said...

This handsome fellow resembles our crows/ravens. I wonder, Stewart, if they are distant cousins...:)JP

Lea said...

Great photos!
Hope you are having a wonderful week!

magnoliasntea said...

Lovely natural habit photos. Thank you for the link-up, have a great week!

Linda aka Crafty Gardener said...

The burrawong does long a bit like a crow, not as plump and it has quite a big beak.

Linda aka Crafty Gardener said...

Why does the auto correct work when I'm not looking. That was currawong.

Vineeta Yashsavi said...

This is so much matching with Indian Crow...

photodoug said...

Stewart, new bird for us. Crow-like. Thanks for sharing.

Ida said...

This bird is super cool looking. Alot like a crow but yet different. Great intense look in it's eyes.

Ana Mínguez Corella said...

Beautiful series of images .. Happy week

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

That bird is strong looking and I feel like I wouldn't want to get on his or her wrong side! Looks like he rules wherever he is!