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  Grey Currawong (Strepera versicolor versicolor)





Grey Currawong | Strepera versicolor versicolor photo
Adult Grey Currawong (Strepera versicolor), nominate race versicolor, Australian National Botanic Gardens, Canberra

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Grey Currawong | Strepera versicolor versicolor photo
Grey currawong, Ivanhoe, Melbourne

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GREY CURRAWONG FACTS

Description
The Grey Currawong has six subspecies. They are all dark birds varying from grey to grey-brown to grey-black. They all have a white-tipped tail and yellow eye. Some subspecies have white markings on the wings.

Size
49cm

Habitat
The Grey Currawong is found in variety of habitats including forests, woodlands, mallee, heathland. Also found on farms, orchards and suburban areas.

Food
birds, rodents, frogs, insects, insect larvae, birds eggs, fruit

Breeding
Two to three eggs are laid in a large shallow bowl-shaped nest of sticks in the outer canopy of a tree. The nest is usually about 5m to 15m above the ground and is lined with dry grass.

Range
south-western to south-eastern Australia, including Tasmania.



Classification
Class:Aves
Order:Passeriformes
Family:Artamidae
Genus:Strepera
Species:versicolor versicolor
Common Name:Grey Currawong

Relatives in same Genus
  Black Currawong (S. fuliginosa)
  Pied Currawong (S. graculina)
  Clinking Currawong (S. versicolor arguta)
  Black-winged Currawong (S. versicolor melanoptera)
  Grey Currawong (S. versicolor plumbea)