Family Woodswallows and Butcherbirds (Artamidae)

Least Concern

Black Currawong (Strepera fuliginosa)


French: Réveilleur noir German: Tasmankrähenstar Spanish: Verdugo fuliginoso

Coronica fuliginosa


, 1837,

Tasmania, Australia


Has sometimes been considered conspecific with S. graculina, but differs in vocalizations. Three subspecies currently recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution
  • S. f. colei Mathews, 1916 – King I, in W Bass Strait.
  • S. f. parvior Schodde & Mason, 1999 – Furneaux Group, in E Bass Strait.
  • S. f. fuliginosa (Gould, 1837) – Tasmania.
  • Descriptive notes

    c. 50 cm; male 365–457 g, female 327–353 g. Large, dark passerine resembling a Corvus crow, with massive bill slightly hooked at tip and pronounced curve... read more


    Not well known. Calls described variously as musical "kar-week, kar-week", long drawn-out... read more


    In austral summer, inhabits moist mountain forests, especially cool temperate rainforests and wet... read more

    Food and feeding

    Mainly insects, and small vertebrates such as lizards, birds and mice; some fruit and seeds. Bass Strait races (colei and ... read more


    Little known. Season generally Oct–Dec; nestlings reported in Nov and fledglings in Dec. Breeds as pair. Nest built by both sexes, an... read more


    Not well known. Some descend from cold and snow of upland areas during autumn and winter; others... read more

    Status and conservation

    Not globally threatened. Restricted range species: present in Tasmania EBA. Fairly common. King I race (colei) assessed as "Vulnerable" in Australia; main... read more

    Recommended citation

    Russell, E. & Rowley, I. (2020). Black Currawong (Strepera fuliginosa). In: del Hoyo, J., Elliott, A., Sargatal, J., Christie, D.A. & de Juana, E. (eds.). Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive. Lynx Edicions, Barcelona. (retrieved from on 28 January 2020).