Currawongs are medium-sized perching birds that are native to Australasia. They were formerly also known as Crow-shrikes.

The common name comes from the call of the familiar Pied Currawong of eastern Australia.


The currawongs are a little larger than the Australian Magpie, somewhat smaller than most ravens, but broadly similar in appearance.

They can be identified by their differing eye coloration, compared to the red eyes of a magpie and white eyes of Australian crows and ravens.

Diet / Feeding:

They forage in foliage, on tree trunks and limbs, and on the ground, taking insects and larvae (often dug out from under the bark of trees), fruit, and the nestlings of other birds.

Lord Howe Currawong

Species and races

  • S. fuliginosaBlack Jay or Black Currawong
    • S. fuliginosa coleiKing Island Black Currawong
    • S. fuliginosa parviorFlinders Island Black Currawong
  • S. graculinaPied Currawong
    • S. graculina graculina
    • S. graculina ashbyiWestern Victorian Pied Currawong
    • S. graculina crissalisLord Howe Currawong
    • S. graculina magnirostris
    • S. graculina robinsoni
    • S. graculina nebulosa
  • S. versicolor a complex, including:
    • S. versicolor versicolorGrey Currawong
    • S. versicolor intermediaBrown Currawong
    • S. versicolor plumbeaGrey Currawong (WA)
    • S. versicolor halmaturinaGrey Currawong (Kangaroo Island)
    • S. versicolor argutaClinking Currawong or Black magpie
    • S. versicolor melanopteraBlack-winged Currawong
Adult male Red-billed Curassow (C. blumenbachii)
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