Capricorn Coast Birds
Pied Currawong
Strepera graculina
Average size 48cm
These are found throughout eastern Australia, from northern Queensland to Victoria but are absent from Tasmania.
They live in forests and woodlands and have become well adapted to suburban areas, throughout its range it is common and familiar. Outside the breeding season large flocks form but at most other times these birds are seen alone, in pairs or in family groups.
They feed on a variety of foods including small lizards, insects, caterpillars and berries. They also take a large number of small and young birds, especially around urban areas where suitable cover is scarce; their growing numbers in some urban areas have been implicated in the fall in numbers of these smaller bird species.
Males and females are alike and the nest is a bowl of small sticks lined with grasses and other soft material. Nest material is gathered by both sexes but only the female builds the nest, this is placed in a high tree fork up to 20 m above the ground. The female incubates the eggs and the male feeds her, he also supplies food to the female for the first week after the chicks hatch while she feeds the chicks.
The photo was taken at Upper Stony Creek National Park campground.