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

Thank you David Muirhead for confirming the id of this species for us

EXTRA - Photo Specific Information:
You can see why they call them mud-nesters!
It's hard to believe, but the day after this photo was taken the chicks left the nest. Seen here with 2 fledglings and a parent standing by guarding them.
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 © 2014-2022 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)