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The Cry of The Grey Currawong

Updated on September 22, 2014
Grey Currawong
Grey Currawong

The Grey Currawong

There are many Australian native birds attracted to the area around where I live, near the Moonee Ponds Creek, the noisy grey Currawong being one.

They gather,especially in the hot weather, in the trees around the fish pond in the garden to drink and bath.

An attractive rather vicious looking bird,shrieks and cries, whilst feeding and flying from branch to branch.

An unusual bird indeed, like a lot of Australian native animals.


Currawongs' Habitat

The Grey Currawong are similar in appearance to that of a small crow having dark feathers with white markings and their distinguishing yellow eyes.

Rarely seen in large numbers, the grey currawong makes up for this with its curious some say 'dim-witted' noisy nature, a hard bird to deter, which will eat almost anything especially in the late summer months when food is short.

Currawongs nest in the thick foliage of trees in the bush, which there is an abundance of near the creek and usually produce three eggs in spring time and summer.

These nests are yet to be found on the trees near or in my front garden but I a keeping a keen eye out for then in the coming months to come.

Currawongs easily establish themselves within urban and inner city areas, flocking to surrounding parks and gardens.They are scavengers by nature which helps with their survival and can became very friendly if food is offered but also can become pests rummaging around rubbish if they become too close.


Grey Currawong Singing

The Grey Currawong

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Areas Found In

Grey Currawongs are mainly found in the southern parts of Australia.

Ranging from Southern Western Australia to Eastern Australia,Victoria. Making their way over Bass Strait all the way to Tasmania.

Although noisy at times, I thoroughly enjoy the visits I have from the few Grey Currawongs we have in my area here in Melbourne,Victoria and I intend to encourage them more with a bird bath and bird feed.

Then to sit back and watch.

Currawongs are very adventurous some say a nuisance.

© 2010 Julia M S Pearce

Thanks For Stopping By! Tell me what you think of the Grey Currawong.

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      Melody Lassalle 4 years ago from California

      I've never heard of the currawong being from the US. They seem similar to our crows and blackbirds, which are intelligent birds. Thanks for sharing! I learned something new today :)

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      May Matthew 4 years ago

      A very nice lens with great photos and information. Here in the tropics, we can always hear one or two currawongs. Lovely sounds loud and clear they make! I like them very much. Thank you for sharing!

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      wjfoster 5 years ago

      Nice to see an aussie!

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      Glendame 5 years ago

      very nice - all birds are good but these native Australian birds are special

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      Agapantha 5 years ago

      Currawongs have beady little eyes - scary birds

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      Ask_Me 5 years ago

      Lovely birds with a lovely name - currawong. Do you know what it means?

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      Vladimir 5 years ago from Australia

      I'm very partial to currawongs - all currawongs are grey in the dark you know

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      jp1978 7 years ago

      I love seeing different kinds of birds here, especially since I live in an urban environment.

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      Susanna Duffy 7 years ago from Melbourne Australia

      I have currawongs here on the Merri Creek too. I lobe the Australian native birds