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Thread #63739 Message #1038737
Posted By: Bob Bolton
20-Oct-03 - 11:28 PM
Thread Name: Origins: Crow Scaring Songs
Subject: RE: Origins: Crow Scaring Songs
Yes, I was contemplating mentioning to those - beyond Australian shores - that our magpie was totally different bird. To drift back towards music, one of the problem we have is with poems/song lyrics that mention the pretty warbling song of the magpie ... apparently not a noticeable feature of the northern bird!
All of our long-term resident "crows" are technically ravens - although the distinction isn't apparent until you get in close enough to examine the bases of their feathers. Apparently true crows, from India, have "stowed away" on ships in more recent years - and are establishing themselves in some coastal areas.
Our other big black native birds are Currawongs (strepera spp.) and they usually have white patches on their wings ... but there are totally black currawongs in Tasmania. Currawongs have an even more melodious call - very pleasant in the morning (except when they are calling in their mates, because they have forced their way into your camping supplies ... and have just eaten the sausages ... the soap ... and are considering the candles!)
Actually, I was puzzled for years about how they got into the back of my Subaru station wagon at Mt Kaputar National Park ... since then I have discovered that brushtail possums can open unlocked back hatches, by pushing upwards on the latching bar. I caught one in the act ... shooed it off, retrieved my biscuits and locked the hatch. Ten minutes after I retired to my tent, I heard him come back and express displeasure at no longer being able to open the door!