Currawongs in Sydney

To: "'Chris Melrose'" <>, "'Birding Aus'" <>
Subject: Currawongs in Sydney
From: "Philip Veerman" <>
Date: Wed, 4 Dec 2013 19:05:54 +1100
Channel-billed Cuckoos have certainly increased in Canberra, though are sill
rare. This has followed the Koel that was rare here many years ago but now a
common summer migrant and breeding regularly, although this only started in
the last about 5 years.


-----Original Message-----
 On Behalf Of Chris Melrose
Sent: Wednesday, 4 December 2013 1:30 PM
To: Birding Aus
Subject: Currawongs in Sydney

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? Cheers Chris

Chris Melrose

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