July 13, 2015 – Pied Currawong (Strepera graculina)

These currawongs are found in eastern Australia. They are omnivorous, feeding on insects, fruits, and some vertebrates, such as lizards and young birds. Having adapted to urban environments, they often scavenge and beg food from humans. When hunting, they may form groups to take larger prey and store meat in trees, hanging it on thorns or in natural crevices. Usually seen alone or in family groups, they often fly in large flocks during migration, though some populations in the north do not migrate. Both sexes collect materials for the nest, which females build high in trees from sticks and grasses. Females also incubate the eggs, while males feed them until about a week after the chicks hatch.