Black Currawong

Did you know?

The Black Currawong was widely eaten in the early days of European settlement in Tasmania and said to be quite tasty.

Calls
Noisy, musical 'kar-week, week-kar'
Facts and Figures
Research Species: 
No
Minimum Size: 
47cm
Maximum Size: 
49cm
Average size: 
48cm
Average weight: 
374g
Breeding season: 
August to December
Clutch Size: 
2 to 4 eggs
Conservation Status
Basic Information
Scientific Name: 
Atlas Number: 
696
What does it look like?
Description: 

The Black Currawong is a medium-sized bird, with a heavy, black bill, black body and white tips to the flight-feathers and tail. It has a bright yellow eye. Immature birds are similar but duller in appearance.

Similar species: 

In Tasmania, the 'Black-winged' subspecies of the Grey CurrawongS. versicolor, is similar, but can be distinguished from the Black Currawong, by having white in its wings, a different call and a less massive beak. The Forest RavenCorvus tasmanicus, lacks the white tail markings of the Black Currawong.

Where does it live?
Distribution: 

The Black Currawong is confined to Tasmania and its surrounding islands.

Habitat: 

The Black Currawong occurs in a range of habitats in Tasmania, including mountain and lowland forests, coastal heath, grazing lands and suburban areas.

Seasonal movements: 

The Black Currawong moves down from mountain areas to the milder lowlands in winter.

What does it do?
Feeding: 

The Black Currawong is omnivorous, feeding on young birds, carrion, insects and berries. It forages in the trees or on the ground.

Breeding: 

The Black Currawong builds a large, deep nest of sticks lined with roots and grass. Nests are usually found in the forks of trees 3 to 20 m high. The nestlings are fed by both parents.

Living with us

The Black Currawong was adversely affected by land clearing for farmland on King Island. It is sometimes considered a pest in orchards.

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