The Pied Currawong is a medium-sized black passerine bird native to
eastern Australia and Lord Howe Island. One of three currawong species
in the genus Strepera, it is closely related to the butcherbirds and
Australian Magpie of the family Artamidae. Six subspecies are
recognised. It is a robust crow-like bird averaging around 48 cm
(19 in) in length, black or sooty grey-black in plumage with white
undertail and wing patches, yellow irises, and a heavy bill. The male
and female are similar in appearance. Known for its melodious calls,
the species' name currawong is of indigenous origin. Within its range,
the Pied Currawong is generally sedentary, although populations at
higher altitudes relocate to lower areas during the cooler months. It
is omnivorous, with a diet that includes a wide variety of berries and
seeds, invertebrates, bird eggs and juvenile birds. It is a predator
which has adapted well to urbanization and can be found in parks and
gardens as well as rural woodland. The habitat includes all kinds of
forested areas, although mature forests are preferred for breeding.
Roosting, nesting and the bulk of foraging take place in trees, in
contrast with the ground foraging behaviour of its relative the
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