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currawong

(ˈkʌrəˌwɒŋ)
n
(Animals) any Australian crowlike songbird of the genus Strepera, having black, grey, and white plumage: family Cracticidae. Also called: bell magpie
[from a native Australian name]
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Noun1.currawong - bluish black fruit-eating bird with a bell-like call
Australian magpie - black-and-white oscine birds that resemble magpies
genus Strepera, Strepera - bell magpies
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When she's not being an ACF Councillor you will find Margaret in her favourite place in her back garden that she shares with skinks and currawongs, or getting around on her electric bike which she says is "efficient and healthy and like being 12 again
Recordings of footsteps of birds called pied currawongs shush the nestlings of one of their prey species, the white-browed scrub wren.
Up in the canopy of the big eucalyptus swift parrots made a noisy start to the day and both green rosellas and black currawongs were Tasmanian endemic specialities.
The wilderness was an amazing place: the magnificence of centuries-old eucalypts; the tameness of currawongs that had not had human contact before; the wonder of the sparkling dew on the moss.
But they were the same youths who would admonish me if they thought that I was hurting the currawongs we banded as part of another program.
However, when Carlile and his team moved in to mount their rescue, it was clear the paradise had been lost: the petrel breeding season had turned into an avian bloodbath during which both adults and chicks were picked off by Australian ravens and pied currawongs.
To throw some light on this controversial question, Karen Bayly and Dr Daniel Blumstein of Macquarie University reviewed information on the foraging and predation habits of currawongs and did some analysis of the types of birds reported as prey.