White-winged Chough
Fledgling Eye, Pointing Straight
Ellura
White-winged Chough
Mud Nest, with Fledglings & Guard
 
    
White-winged Chough (Corcorax melanorhamphos)Class: Animals (Animalia) - Chordates (Chordata) - Birds (Aves)
Order: Perching Birds (Passeriformes)
Family: Australian Mud-nester (Corcoracidae)
Species: White-winged Chough (Corcorax melanorhamphos)
This Photo:     Fledgling, with down exposed
Other name: Bush Chicken

EXTRA - Photo Specific Information:
The day after this series of photos, the chicks left the nest.
Quite remarkable, when you see it still has down (the only feather covering of a chick) exposed on it's head.
Of course it's easy to spot a "non-Adult" bird; by the swollen & usually coloured, beak joins (or gape flanges if you want to get technical
, as can be clearly seen here.
General Species Information:
Found on Ellura (in the Murray Mallee, SA), and elsewhere
A dark red eye is only visible on the brightest of days.
The white wings are only visible when in flight as a band.
Very dark brown bird, normally looks black; but the brown can be seen in the right light.
Very timid; they post sentries to warn of danger.
Ellura has a flock of 30+ birds visit regularly. Very social.
Wayne calls them "Chickens of the Bush"; very apt.
We've seen them eat a small lizard (skink).

Recently Marie found an occupied nest and so I was lucky enough to get some stunning photo's of them. Due to this we now know that the exterior of the Sclera (white of the eye in humans) is pink. The interior of the Sclera (brown, green, blue, etc, in humans) is Deep Red. But in fledglings they are Brown.

This species is unusual in that it is Near Threatened locally, but RARE at a State level.

Copyright © 2014- Brett & Marie Smith. All Rights Reserved. Photographed 01-Sep-2014
This species is classed as NT (Near Threatened) in the Murray Mallee, SA, by DENR (Regional Species Status Assessments, July 2010)