- n. Any of the three species, and several subspecies, of large, mainly black, predatory passerine birds in the genus Strepera, of the family Artamidae, endemic to Australia.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. any of several bluish black fruit-eating birds of Australia of the genus Strepera having a bell-like call.
- n. bluish black fruit-eating bird with a bell-like call
- Probably from Yagara garrawaŋ, ultimately onomatopoeic. (Wiktionary)
“But he didn't feel like shooting the currawong that was perched just a few feet away from him.”
“A black currawong perched on it was examining him with its yellow eyes, and Billy remembered the hole in the chicken wire and the lovely swirl of black feathers and fluffy gray down around the rent fence.”
“The Lord Howe Island currawong Strepera graculina crissalis is relatively common in the southern mountains, with lesser number found in the north.”
“Twenty-one species of native birds regularly utilize rainforest habitat, including the grey goshawk (Accipiter novaehollandiae), brown scrubwren (Sericornis humilis), and black currawong (Strepera fulignosa).”
“There are four extant endemic landbirds, including two species and two subspecies: the relatively abundant Lord Howe white-eye (Zosterops tephropleurus), the Lord Howe Island woodhen, Lord Howe Island golden whistler (Pachycephala pectoralis contempta), and the Lord Howe Island currawong (Strepera graculina crissalis).”
“It sounds like a historic farming implement 'Father was wielding the currawong while mother churned the goat's milk' - any chance of a pic?”
“cuppa: cup of tea currawong: ravenlike bird dag: goofy person daks: trousers dam: pool, pond, or water hole”
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A work in progress....Birds from around the world (other than endemic to North America).
Culling my "Learned (or Encountered) in Reading" list. Thanks for the idea, yarb.
Aussie stuff that doesn't really belong in my other lists.
The name is a discreet tribute to Charles Cudworth and his essay: "Ye Olde Spuriosity Shoppe, or, Put it in the Anhang", whi...
created to break clichés and cause temporary floundering
Looking for tweets for currawong.