Wednesday, 20 June 2012

Garden Visitors - the Pied Currawong


The Latin name of this bird, Strepera graculina, means 'noisy jackdaw', and the common name Currawong is Aboriginal and is derived from the very musical and loud calls produced by it. Currawongs are the curious and inquisitive 'pirates' of the bush, harassing other species and members of their own group as well, but nature is rather even and the Pied Currawong is the favourite target for the Channel-billed Cuckoo, who, as other cuckoo species parasites other birds' nests.


The Artamidae family, which includes Butcherbirds, Magpies and Currawongs is rather talented, all members are in fact able to produce pleasing if not very nice and elaborate sounds. The Currawong's call is a loud, flute-like sound that echoes far and is a very typical sound of the bush.



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15 comments:

  1. Loved the illustrations and seeing your palette and workings ... we have magpies here who often trick us with their mimicry - barking dog, doorbell etc - such interesting birds and so great to learn more through your beautiful blog.

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  2. This post is wonderful. Your feathers and the textures of the bird and tree are exquisite! I like seeing your "behind the scenes" pictures as well. Thanks.

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  3. Très jolies aquarelles... merci pour ces belles photos...

    Je vous souhaite une très belle première journée d'été... gros bisous à vous.

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  4. Beautiful work! Love the feathers! I like those drawings where one part is very detailed and the other is roughly sketched

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  5. Beautiful blog you have here! Your drawings are really inspiring. Thanks for sharing! :)

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  6. Wonderful paintings. I really like Currawongs. I had an amazing experience when calling my family in Australia from Tokyo and I heard the loud call of a currawong in the background through the phone. Instant homesickness.

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  7. Thank you very much everybody for the nice comments, Russell, I know what you mean..

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  8. Os pássaros com essas matizes ficaram lindos.Parabéns!

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  9. I always love your work.....but the crows and feather really are so stunning....♥......beautiful :)

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