broken beak on pied currawong

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maggie
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broken beak on pied currawong

This is my first post so i hope it turns out ok. For the past 12 months or so we have had a permanent, almost daily visit by a Pied Currawong with it's lower beak broken off. I first observed this bird when it appeared with it's lower beak half hanging off. Over a period or two weeks it fell off completely. It has survived very well by eating fruits from both native and exotic trees in the vicinity of my backyard, supplimented with cat bicuits which I disperse over the lawn in small quantities each afternoon. It eats the biscuits by prising each biscuit up out of the lawn with it's upper beak and tossing them into the air then catching them in its open mouth. This currawong is always accompanied by one other of the same species and both birds are backyard visitors all year round, unlike the twenty or so others of the same species which are only regular visitors during winter (they eat the olives and the Kurrajong seeds in season).

poephila
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We have one here with half the top beak missing. A neighbour, anxious that this bird was massacring the wrens, spinebills and thornbills around the place and lying in wait for predictable victims, shot at it with a 22 (we live way out in the sticks). He sort of missed. He felt so bad about the result that he hand fed the bird, and has continued to do so for the past 6 years. It is a female that has raised young successfully for all that time and seems to bear him no grudge, she just jerks his conscience around a bit. This neighbour also has a young white-winged chough that was born with a malformed beak and can only use the lower half. Yet the other choughs feed it and it seems to be able to feed itself. Its prognosis is probably not so jolly, since it is occasionally attacked by the entire mob and beaten up (a bit schizoid) and I guess is either likely to starve or be murdered in the future.

Greetings from the northern Southern Tablelands of NSW

Rohan
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Regardless of living 'way out in the sticks', the Pied Currawong is a native bird and therefore protected (confirmed as of this link http://www.dpi.vic.gov.au/DPI/nreninf.nsf/childdocs/-71E8091F577D52D24A2568B30004F3B2-A6D46D437DA6C037CA256BC800029227-7C15215EEDE42DCE4A256DEA00276C87-439C54D7A3B9E0EDCA256BDE00827D04?open)
An Authority to Control Wildlife is required to kill this species.

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