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Subject: Currawongs
From: Geoff Ryan <>
Date: Fri, 17 Jul 2015 21:15:24 +0000
I have been disappointed with some of the misanthropomorphic (?) judgmental
suggestions for the collective noun for currawongs. My opinion on the
matter is expressed in the little poem I wrote many years ago:


There’s nothing wrong with currawongs

Disliked, I wonder why

Is it their black plumage

Or their brilliant yellow eye?

Is it that they’re cocksure

Adept to utilise

All novel opportunities

As soon as they arise.

They may eat eggs and fledglings

And thus attract our ire

But the same foods are savoured

By birds that we admire.

It cannot be their singing

It’s rollicking, pure and clear

Part of our bushland symphony

And pure joy to hear.

There’s nothing wrong with currawongs

They may cause a little strife

But I’ve never known a currawong

To go home and beat his wife.
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