Re: Pied Currawong Honeyeater

To: "'Brian Hawkins'" <>, <>
Subject: Re: Pied Currawong Honeyeater
From: "Jon Irvine" <>
Date: Thu, 27 Aug 2009 13:10:33 +1000
Hi Brian & Bob,

HANZAB shows records of Pied Currawongs in Northern Sydney eating the nectar
of Banksia and Grevillea.

To add to your list of birds not immediately considered to be nectar
feeders, how about this photo of a Crimson Finch which seemed to be happily
feeding alongside (although not within this picture) Banded, Bar-breasted,
Brown, White-gaped and Yellow-tinted Honeyeaters:




-----Original Message-----
 On Behalf Of Brian Hawkins
Sent: 27 August 2009 12:30
Subject: Re: Pied Currawong Honeyeater

G'day Bob,

I see Pied Currawongs on Grevillea flowers (especially Silky Oak) every
spring (especially October).  I am pretty sure they are taking nectar. 
Other birds not normally considered nectar eaters come to the Silky Oak
flowers too: Regent Bowerbirds, Satin Bowerbirds and Eastern Rosellas.  They
take nectar (if that's what they're doing, which I reckon it is) exclusively
from the Silky Oaks (though I did see a Regent Bowerbird up in a flowering
Flooded Gum the other day, and it seemed to be getting nectar).



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Date: Thu, 27 Aug 2009 11:15:36 +1000
 "Bob Wallace" <>
Subject: Pied Currawong Honeyeater
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The other day, I saw a Pied Currawong on a Grevillea plant in our backyard
and it appeared to be pecking at the flowers like a honeyeater does.  I
managed to video this action and it is on the following site:-

The Readers Digest book states that this bird is
 an omnivore and eats insects, berries etc but does not mention nectar.
Currawongs used to be an occasional visitor to our backyard in outer
Brisbane but over the last two years they have been consistantly around.
Can anyone inform me if the Pied Currawong eats nectar or is the bird
picking unseen insects from the flowers?



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