Currawongs and leaf litter

Subject: Currawongs and leaf litter
From: "Paul T." <>
Date: Fri, 10 Jul 2009 17:57:04 +1000
Howdy All,

At the risk of offending those who hate questions being asked that have already been asked sometime previously (no idea how to search this in the archives, so I am just asking here).....

Today i watched a Currawong going through leaf litter in the manner that Choughs do, i.e throwing barking out the way, looking carefully, pecking at anything of interested, then moving on to the next piece of bark/whatever is on the ground. It didn't appear to be searching for anything in particular (i.e it wasn't chasing something), but rather just wandering through checking in case there was something edible underneath. Is this normal behaviour for them? In the last few years of cursing these mongrel birds (as soon as they appear everything else disappears that is smaller than a crested pigeon, which is a real shame) I have never noticed a Currawong scavenging about on the ground like that. The Choughs obviously enough use that method regularly, but I haven't seen it in Currawongs. Is it normal behaviour elsewhere, and just not in my garden?

Thanks for any responses, and apologies if this has already been discussed somewhere in the past and I don't know about it. I know many on the list don't like basic questions, and I rarely post anything for exactly that reason, but this one stood out as quite different behaviour to anything I have ever observed before, and seemed so out of character for a Currawong?

Thanks very much.


Paul T.
Canberra, Australia - USDA Zone Equivalent approx. 8/9

Growing an eclectic collection of plants from all over the world including Aroids, Crocus, Cyclamen, Erythroniums, Fritillarias, Galanthus, Irises, Trilliums (to name but a few) and just about anything else that doesn't move!!

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