French: Apôtre gris German: Aposteltöpferkrähe Spanish: Corvino apóstol
interior of New South Wales, Australia
Subspecies and Distribution
S. c. dalyi
Mathews, 1923 – N Northern Territory (mainly S of Roper R) and N & NC Queensland, in N Australia.
S. c. cinerea
Gould, 1837 – C & S Queensland, inland New South Wales, N Victoria (along Murray R) and E South Australia (mainly N of Murray R).
29–33 cm; 110–155 g. Distinctive, with rather pointed feathers on head and neck giving shaggy appearance, and long dark tail; short, deep bill similar to that of... read more
Very vocal. Range of generally harsh, scolding or squeaky calls, including "kreech" as a... read more
Open habitats, especially arid and semi-arid woodlands, or shrublands with scattered trees. Bold... read more
Food and feeding
Diet chiefly seeds and insects; also takes eggs from nests of other birds, and small mammals taken occasionally. Forages on the ground, and... read more
Laying in Aug–Feb (in austral spring-summer), but may breed in response to rain at other times in drier areas; often two broods. Co-... read more
Sedentary; group territorial in breeding season, at other times wanders over larger home range (to... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. Widespread, and locally fairly common. Range had expanded to N; decline in E & SE, where clearance for agriculture has destroyed woodland habitat... read more
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