Around this time last year, I reported on this chatline that Magpies were feeding a Currawong. It was standing next to a squeaking fledgeling and imitating it. Some people were sceptical about my report. Now you have a reverse situation!
I know the received wisdom is that Magpies and Currawongs are ‘enemies’, but they are also cunning. Why would they not take advantage of each other where food is concerned?
This also indicates how strong the feeding of the young instinct is where birds will actually feed another species which sufficiently resembles the behaviour of its own young.
From: Terry Munro <>
Date: Friday, 7 December 2018 at 1:33 pm
To: chatline <>
Subject: [canberrabirds] Currawongs/Magpies
A friend sent this photo of a Currawong feeding a Magpie chick. How often does this occur? I have alway seen them as uncompromising enimies.
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