|Grey Currawong Strepera versicolor
February / April 2006
The Grey Currawong is distributed in southern Australia from New South Wales across to the southern part of Western Australia. It is also in the eastern part of Tasmania. It is found in forest, woodland, scrub, orchards and gardens.
|Photo 1 shows the nominate sub-species which is grey with a darker patch round the yellow eye, white undertail
coverts and white tips to the tail. It has a white patch on the primaries which is visible in flight.
Photos 2, 3 and 4 show the sub-species S. v. melanoptera which is much darker, almost black, and with no or very little white on the primaries as can be seen in photo 4.
|The bird shown here in photo 3 had a touch of yellow on the gape which would suggest a juvenile bird but juveniles and immatures have dark eyes which is not the case here.|
|Photos 5 and 6 from Western Australia are of the sub-species S. v. plumbea. They tend to call from the top of a bush with their head flung back.|
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