Currawongs and leaf litter

Subject: Currawongs and leaf litter
From: "Paul T." <>
Date: Sat, 11 Jul 2009 11:58:21 +1000
At 10:31 PM 10/07/2009, you wrote:
Yes indeed. I would add that the Grey Currawong usually is fairly solitary or in pairs. So 7 together would be unusual and certainly suggestive of the Pied Currawong. The foraging through curls and sheets of bark is typical of the Grey Currawong but of course the Pied does it too. The beak shape is also different, much slimmer in the Grey Currawong. The mostly grey plumage is also a clue but that is variable and young PC are not as black as the adults.

Philip et al,

Thank you kindly for all the replies.  As you say, the fact that the Pieds are variable was why I had assumed this one was just another Pied.  From the description from Anthony yesterday (Thank you kindly) I have it clear in my mind now what the difference is if I see them again.  Is the Grey also a little more slender than the Pied?  The bird in question in my garden was rather sleek as compared to the usual thugs around the garden.  All the ones I have seen this morning were definitely Pieds, I've checked every one I have seen. <grin>  Do they hang out together at all?  I can't recall whether my bird in question had the others around at the same time or not.  It was definitely foraging by itself on the ground at the time.

Thanks again for all the help.  I have never been aware of having Grey Currawongs here before, so I can add that to my mental list of things I have seen here.


Paul T.
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