Currawong eating treecreeper

Subject: Currawong eating treecreeper
From: Carol Probets <>
Date: Thu, 19 Jul 2007 18:30:48 +1000
Yesterday at Coachwood Glen, near Blackheath in the Blue Mountains, I startled a Pied Currawong which flew up to a branch above the walking track. It was carrying something in its bill, and putting binoculars on it showed that it was a freshly dead White-throated Treecreeper. The currawong held the treecreeper to the branch using its foot, while it started ripping into the body with its bill, pulling out bunches of feathers and discarding them in the process. Despite the abundance of currawongs in the area, it's only occasionally I've ever seen one with a fledged or adult bird of any sort as prey. (I saw another one about a year ago with an Eastern Spinebill.)


Carol Probets
Blue Mountains NSW


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