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Currawong Chorus in Canberra?

By Mattenagger - 20 July 2012 13

Can anyone explain the reason that every couple of weeks it seems every Currawong across Canberra decides to break into chorus?

Is it a mating thing?

I certainly don’t dislike the sound but have always wondered about the frequency of it.

What’s Your opinion?


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Currawong Chorus in Canberra?
bikhet 2:09 pm 23 Jul 12

troll-sniffer said :

gooterz said :

They’re been very aggressive lately
Had one fly at me today. Warning shot because it was coming head on

Hmmm… currawong swooping? New one on me, we’ve got loadd around Campbell and although some fly close by me when getting out of my way or repositioning, I’ve yet to see a currawong exhibit swooping behaviour designed to frighten or warn an intruder, like magpies do.

It’s just the way they fly. They have a habit of swooping under our deck to use it as a short-cut. Can be interesting of all concerned when I’m under there.

Felix the Cat said :

Cockatoos seem to be very active lately too. Not swooping or being aggressive, just noisy.

Ditto corellas.

dungfungus 1:14 pm 23 Jul 12

The Currawongs are getting vocal and restless in upper-Tuggeranong today so we should get rain about Wednesday.

breda 3:07 pm 22 Jul 12

EvanJames, if you want to identify the sound of a currawong, check the link under ‘Calls’ on the right sidebar of this page:

http://www.birdsinbackyards.net/species/Strepera-graculina

Birds in Backyards is a great resource for anyone wanting quick and easy info on birds. There are a few pages of discussion on currawong calls as well, just type Currawong calls into the search box if you are interested.

Apparently they are quite predatory in their eating habits, and being big, strong birds, have even been known to take baby possums. But, Nature is not like Walt Disney films depict it, or many of our less grounded greenies believe it to be. It’s a jungle out there.

EvanJames 12:39 am 22 Jul 12

There’s no rain forecast until Thursday. Can’t say I recognise a currawong call, although I have some. did see a massive flock of black cockies today though. It would have been a large flock for white cockies, and in black cockies was quite unusual. Lots of food-aggressive magpies though, I think the local ones have been having extra litters.

Kath 11:35 pm 21 Jul 12

Nice to see pro-currawong people. 🙂 I was really taken aback by some 20-something women a few years ago – they were lobbing things at a ‘currawong’ because they are apparently evil in some of their habits, such as nest raiding. It was actually a white-winged chough. (Another black and white bird, but cuter.)

Gungahlin Al 4:55 pm 21 Jul 12

My understanding is that they migrate from the mountains when it starts snowing and then back when it warms up. They always call a lot, they are just here during their migration and you notice them.

The only time I’ve witnessed anything even close to aggressive was when I was rescuing a fledgling in the Albury town centre. The frantic calls from the parents echoing off the buildings was a real cacophony. But negligible swooping.

Do love those birds.

Mattenagger 8:44 am 21 Jul 12

Interesting on the weather thing. I made a note of that to pay attention to the weather next time they were at it. I heard them this morning though it didn’t seem to be quite as many as normal but weather currently looks pretty good.

breda 11:53 am 20 Jul 12

It’s a lovely sound – when I’ve been out of town it gives a real sense of being back home.

As to why they do the large scale choir thing, I’ve often wondered the same thing about the cockies, which now and then give voice in big numbers with lots of associated airshow manoeuvres.

There is something in the weather thing, as when they start calling during rain it means that it is just about to end. Perhaps they can see the clearing skies approaching?

Thumper 11:42 am 20 Jul 12

troll-sniffer said :

gooterz said :

They’re been very aggressive lately
Had one fly at me today. Warning shot because it was coming head on

Hmmm… currawong swooping? New one on me, we’ve got loadd around Campbell and although some fly close by me when getting out of my way or repositioning, I’ve yet to see a currawong exhibit swooping behaviour designed to frighten or warn an intruder, like magpies do.

Currawongs are extremly shy and cautious.

Certainly unlike a magpie who will come up and knock on your front door and demand food.

troll-sniffer 11:09 am 20 Jul 12

gooterz said :

They’re been very aggressive lately
Had one fly at me today. Warning shot because it was coming head on

Hmmm… currawong swooping? New one on me, we’ve got loadd around Campbell and although some fly close by me when getting out of my way or repositioning, I’ve yet to see a currawong exhibit swooping behaviour designed to frighten or warn an intruder, like magpies do.

dungfungus 11:09 am 20 Jul 12

Usually means a change in the weather, like rain.

Felix the Cat 10:35 am 20 Jul 12

Cockatoos seem to be very active lately too. Not swooping or being aggressive, just noisy.

gooterz 9:45 am 20 Jul 12

They’re been very aggressive lately
Had one fly at me today. Warning shot because it was coming head on

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