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  Torresian Crow (Corvus orru)





Torresian Crow | Corvus orru photo
Torresian Crow photographed at sports field in Brisbane

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Torresian Crow | Corvus orru photo
This crow is easting a Cane Toad. Many birds and animals that eat Cane Toads are poisoned by the toad's venom, but the crow has figured out how to feed on Cane Toads and survive. It swings the toad around by the back leg until it overturns it, then feeds on the soft underside. This keeps it way from the poison glands on the toad's back. This photograph was taken in the Japanese Garden in Mt Coot-tha Botanic Gardens, Brisbane

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TORRESIAN CROW FACTS

Description
The Torresian Crow is a large crow found in forests and woodlands across northern Australia. It is all black with a white eye.

Size
50cm

Habitat
open forests, woodlands, scrublands, along watercourses, farms and city suburbs with tall trees.

Food
seeds, fruit, insects and other invertebrates, eggs, garbage and carrion.

Breeding
nest is a bowl of sticks lined with grass built high in a tree. Lays 3 - 5 eggs.

Range
across northern Australia and in Western Australia

distribution map showing range of Corvus orru in Australia

Map is from Atlas of Living Australia website at http://biocache.ala.org.au licensed under Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Australia License




Classification
Class:Aves
Order:Passeriformes
Family:Corvidae
Genus:Corvus
Species:orru
Common Name:Torresian Crow

Relatives in same Genus
  Little Crow (C. bennetti)
  Australian Raven (C. coronoides)
  Little Raven (C. mellori)
  House Crow (C. splendens)
  Forest Raven (C. tasmanicus)