We don’t see the Grey Currawong Strepera versicolor in town that often. While resident in the surrounding box-ironbark forest they are not really ‘townies’, unlike the migratory Pied Currawong that visits in small numbers during the colder months. The two species are very similar – the Grey Currawong is ash-grey rather than black, and lacks the distinctive white patch at the base of the upper tail. Both have white wing panels but these are less obvious in the Grey Currawong when the wings are folded at rest.
This morning I was awoken by the calls of a Grey Currawong which kindly stayed around for a few photographs. The typical ringing ‘chling chling’ call was interspersed with some more melodic conversational notes as it searched for insects in the Yellow Gums behind the house.