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Currawongs in Sydney
Chris Melrose <>
Wed, 4 Dec 2013 13:30:28 +1100
An interesting thread on Currawongs. I've been involved with Bush Regeneration
since the 1990s on Sydney's lower North Shore. We had an incredible influx of
Pied Currawongs establish themselves in Sydney in the 80s & 90s because of the
amount of weed Privet growing here. Bush Regeneration has largely gotten rid
of Privet, consequently the Currawong numbers have greatly decreased in our
area. New weed foods are Celtis (Chinese Hackberry) and African Olives. They
still eat some of the native berry producing plants. I've also seen them take
baby Noisey Miners, something I would like to see more of since our bird life
is dominated by these aggressive birds.
This year we seem to have a greater number of Channel-billed Cuckoos in our
local park, parasitising the Currawongs. So I expect that the numbers will
decrease even further in the future. Our local Magpies were clever and nested
early enough to beat the Channel-bills arrival.
Have others noticed an increase in Channel Bill Cuckoos also?
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