Currawongs in Sydney

To: Birding Aus <>
Subject: Currawongs in Sydney
From: Chris Melrose <>
Date: Wed, 4 Dec 2013 13:30:28 +1100
Hi All
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?

Chris Melrose

phone numbers: 
+61 (2)9438 3635 (Home) 
+61 407 705 140 (mobile)


To unsubscribe from this mailing list,
send the message:
(in the body of the message, with no Subject line)

<Prev in Thread] Current Thread [Next in Thread>

The University of NSW School of Computer and Engineering takes no responsibility for the contents of this archive. It is purely a compilation of material sent by many people to the birding-aus mailing list. It has not been checked for accuracy nor its content verified in any way. If you wish to get material removed from the archive or have other queries about the archive e-mail Andrew Taylor at this address: andrewt@cse.unsw.EDU.AU