FW: [canberrabirds] Pied Currawong Markings

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Subject: FW: [canberrabirds] Pied Currawong Markings
From: "Geoffrey Dabb" <>
Date: Wed, 27 Jan 2010 13:16:50 +1100

As it happens the below (left) juv  curra crossed my path this morning  -  showing what is perhaps the more usual arrangement of white.  Of course anyone dissatisfied with that state of affairs can correct it with a stroke of the digital paintbrush (right).


tail of 2 curras_0496.jpg




-----Original Message-----
From: Tun Pin ONG [
Sent: Wednesday, 27 January 2010 8:58 AM
To: Philip Veerman
Cc: Frank Antram; Bruce Ramsay; Canberrabirds
Subject: Pied Currawong Markings


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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