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.

Noisy, musical 'kar-week, week-kar'
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August to December
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2 to 4 eggs
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What does it look like?

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?

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


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?

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


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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