Grey Butcherbird
Size Comparison with Willie Wagtail
Ellura
Grey Currawong
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Grey Currawong (Strepera versicolor)Class: Animals (Animalia) - Chordates (Chordata) - Birds (Aves)
Order: Perching Birds (Passeriformes)
Family: Crow (Artamidae)
Species: Grey Currawong (Strepera versicolor)
This Photo:     Fledgling

EXTRA - Photo Specific Information:
We were inspecting the fences on the reserve and found this fellow wondering around.
We thought it might have fallen out of it's nest.
There was an adult nearby calling to it.
General Species Information:
Found on Ellura (in the Murray Mallee, SA), in the Adelaide Hills and elsewhere
A brilliant yellow eye helps identify this large black bird.
White can be visible when flying, and so easily confused with a White-winged Chough.
However, it is often solitary or occasionally in a small (3) family group; unlike Chough's which show a lot more white and are always in a large (10-20) flock.
Very timid.
Once a year, around spring, they seem to gather and stay in a large flock (10-20 birds). We think it is a form of a nursery. And they constantly call to each other as they travel around the reserve; not resting in one place for long.

Copyright © 2010- Brett & Marie Smith. All Rights Reserved. Photographed 20-Nov-2010
This species is classed as NT (Near Threatened) in the Murray Mallee, SA, by DENR (Regional Species Status Assessments, July 2010)