Pied Currawong Markings

To: Philip Veerman <>
Subject: Pied Currawong Markings
From: Tun Pin ONG <>
Date: Wed, 27 Jan 2010 08:57:37 +1100
Hi all,
On Mon 25 Jan 2010 afternoon, I saw two currawongs (An adult and a
dependent young) in Belconnen residential suburb. I noticed the young
had no white markings at all at its rump area. Whereas the parent had
only 2/3 of white crescent near the rump.

It seems that it is not uncommon, at least around Canberra, to have
young currawong with complete lack of white crescent and for adult to
have partial white at the base of tail.

More explanation on each photo can be found in following link.

Tun Pin ONG

On Fri, Jan 22, 2010 at 11:21 PM, Philip Veerman <> wrote:
> Hi Frank,
> Yes all fair comments. Actually HANZAB (page 552) tells us that the base
> of the tail feathers is also white (as well as the tips or near tips of
> the rump feathers, although that does not appear to be explained
> properly and the pictures in HANZAB do not help). So what we get is
> contributed by two groups of feathers. It is not that unusual to have
> that sort of arrangement.
> Philip

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