Hi Birding-aussers, about the same time last year I
think, a pair of House Crows were reported on the Gold Coast. I asked Darrell
Price to check them out, he found them and reported back that they were being
fed by Torresian Crows - obviously baby Torresian Crows being fed by
My resident pair of Torresians have just introduced
their 2 young to the balcony, one about a week before the other, must fledge at
different times. This morning, in the early morning sun I noticed a few points
a). Noticeably smaller than adults.
b). Smaller bill than adults - close up, fleshy
gape noticeable, with paler gape patch.
c). Nape to upper mantle, greyish/buffish
d). Call higher pitched.
e). Dark iris, young Torresians retain this for
some period of time.
I wonder about some of the recent sightings of
House Crow at this time of year. Has anyone else noticed this in this species,
how about our other Corvids. None of our Field Guides that I
have consulted point this out! Just thought I'd bring this to your attention,
there is a possibility that someone seeing recently fledged Torresian
Crows without the adults present might get confused. Cheers - Paul
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