Animal Species:Black Currawong
The Black Currawong was widely eaten in the early days of European settlement in Tasmania and said to be quite tasty.
Standard Common Name
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.
47 cm to 49 cm
Grey Currawong,Forest Raven
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.
The Black Currawong moves down from mountain areas to the milder lowlands in winter.
Feeding and Diet
The Black Currawong is omnivorous, feeding on young birds, carrion, insects and berries. It forages in the trees or on the ground.
Noisy, musical 'kar-week, week-kar'.
Mating and reproduction
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.
- Breeding season: August to December
- Clutch size: Two to four
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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