I would appreciate some input from any "Corvid
experts" in relation to a bird I saw yesterday.
Location : 1 bird sitting on an extended beam from
the roof behind the butchers shop in the main street of Dungog,
Description: Moulting and feathers in fairly poor
condition. Throat hackles present but not as extensive as Aus Raven. Colour of
down at base of hackles not seen
Call: kaarr kaarr kaarr lacking the wail of Aus
Raven at the end though I have often watched Aus Ravens at home sit and call
without the wail and as they fly off, trail off with the wail. As this bird
called its tail moved downwards and both wings upwards in unison.
Having done very little birding in the south I am
not familiar with the Little Ravens wing movements whilst calling. Pizzey &
Knight tends to indicate a shuffle rather than both wings up in
I have seen Forest Ravens recently over on the
coast just south of Forster which is about an hour and a half from here and the
birds calling there seemed to have the same wing and tail
I just thought it unusual for a Forest Raven to be
in town like that but maybe some southerners or Tasmanians could enlighten me
further on there habits as I am pretty certain it was a Forest
We have also had Torresian Crows moving south
over the last few years and Little Ravens have been observed the other side of
Barrington Tops nearer to Scone, some 2 hours or so away.
Any thoughts much appreciated.