French: Corbicrave leucoptère German: Drosseltöpferkrähe Spanish: Corvino negro
New South Wales, Australia
Subspecies and Distribution
C. m. melanorhamphos
(Vieillot, 1817) – E Australia from E half of Queensland (S from region of Clarke Range) S to New South Wales (except NW), Victoria (mainly N of Great Dividing Range) and SE South Australia (Mt Lofty Ranges).
C. m. whiteae
Mathews, 1912 – S & SE South Australia (Eyre Peninsula and Mt Lofty Ranges).
44–50 cm; 280–425 g. Nominate race has plumage entirely black, except for white wingpanel (c. 8 cm; visible only in flight) across most of primaries; some... read more
Clear piping whistle, usually descending in pitch and ventriloquial; also a variety of harsher... read more
Open habitats, mainly eucalypt (Eucalyptus) woodlands and open forests in which canopy is... read more
Food and feeding
Wide range of seeds and insects; insects predominate in summer, and seeds in winter. Also occasionally small mammals and bivalve molluscs.... read more
Laying in Sept–Dec (in austral spring and early summer), but can breed after rain at other times in drier areas; sometimes two broods... read more
Sedentary, wandering over large home range of c. 1000 ha in non-breeding season, with stable... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. Widespread, but never common; South Australian race whiteae rare. Rather sparsely distributed, as groups require large home range and,... read more
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