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  • Pied Currawong

    Description The pied currawong (Strepera graculina) is a medium-sized black passerine bird native to eastern Australia and Lord Howe Island. One of three currawong species in the genus Strepera, it is closely related to the butcherbirds and Australian magpie of the family Artamidae. Six subspecies are recognised. It is a robust crowlike bird averaging around […]

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  • Magpie-lark

    Description  The magpie-lark (Grallina cyanoleuca) is a conspicuous Australian bird of small to medium size, also known as the mudlark inVictoria and Western Australia, the Murray magpie in South Australia, and as the peewee in New South Wales and Queensland. It had been relegated to a subfamily of fantails in the family Dicruridae (drongos), but […]

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  • Grey Butcherbird

    Description The Grey Butcherbird has a black face and a grey back, with a thin white collar. They have grey wings with white underneath. The eye is dark brown and the legs and feet are grey. Both sexes are similar in appearanc, but the females are slightly smaller than the males. It has a characteristic “rollicking” […]

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  • Australian Magpie

    Description The Australian magpie (Cracticus tibicen) is a medium-sized black and white passerine bird native to Australia and southernNew Guinea. Although once considered to be three separate species, it is now considered to be one, with nine recognisedsubspecies. A member of the Artamidae, the Australian magpie is classified in the butcherbird genus Cracticus and is most […]

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