Currawong pellets

July 2011

The Currawongs that visit our backyard leave these strange pellets. Is this normal?

Answer

 Pied Currawong, Strepera graculina

Yes. Pied Currawongs (Strepera graculina), along with a wide range of other omnivorous and carnivorous birds regurgitate the indigestible portions of recent meals. In the case of currawongs, these pellets often include the cleaned, ready-to-grow seeds that were contained inside recently ingested fruit. Currawongs are opportunist feeders and happily include a range of weed fruits in their diet. These birds are recognised as effective dispersal agents for a wide range of plant species that produce a berry. Unfortunately their selection can include a number of weed species such as African Boxthorn, Asparagus Fern and Privet.

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