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Pied currawong (Strepera graculina)

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What is he watching, and why?

Early in the morning and around dusk the call of dozens of these birds is distinctive. I can't take to currawongs; there's something sinister about them. They take nestlings, although so do many other birds. Perhaps it's their posture, or that staring eye. Maybe a reminder of some less than sympathetic school teacher?

During the day they tend to stay in one tree for a longish time, hopping from branch to branch rather clumsily, pecking up some food or other and moving to a different branch. They don't seem interested in coming down to ground level, even if food is available and obvious.