Juvenile Pied Currawong

Jan Richardson

Grenfell, Australia

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I was trying to get some shots of our local flock of red rump parrots feeding in our backyard, when this bold young fellow landed in the white cedar tree right above my head to see what I was up to.

I think the stark picture suits the nature of this bird. While the young ones can be just as appealing as any other bird, the adults I just do not like. To me they are agressive, brazen bullies, and no other bird (or their young) in the vicinity is safe from their attacks. Added to that, they regugitate into any water they find, thus fouling it so other birds can’t use it!

There’s a bit of Aussie/US history with this bird. During WWII, the Americans were stationed at Tomaree, the southern headland of Port Stephens, where I grew up. During their stay, they befriended the local wildlife, including the currawongs. These birds are fantastic mimics, and the soldiers taught them to wolf-whistle. All through my childhood there, the local currawongs continued to include a perfect wolf-whistle in their repertoire, although I’m told it’s getting quite distorted now.

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