There are three species of currawong native to Australia. The Pied
Currawong (Strepera graculina) , the species
commonly found in Sydney, is a little larger than the Australian magpie. They are easily distinguished by their yellow eyes, in contrast to the red
eyes of a magpie and white eyes of Australian crows and ravens. They
have only a little white visible when they are not in flight, under their tails
and in their wings. Their beaks are long, pointed, robust and black with hooked tips. They are not as terrestrial as the magpie and have
shorter legs resulting in them often hopping around when on the ground.
Despite their resemblance to crows and ravens, they are only distantly
related to the Corvidae family, instead belonging Artamidae family along with the Australian magpie.
Pied Currawongs feed on small lizards, insects, berries, and small and
young birds. Large prey items are stored in what’s called a “larder” (a tree
fork or crevice) so prey can be eaten over a period of time.
They also have very peasant songs with short word-like calls. While currawongs are
territorial, especially during mating, they don’t attack or dive-bomb people.