Black Currawong
Calls & Sounds

Black Currawong (Strepera fuliginosa)

Black Currawong (Strepera fuliginosa)

The calls of the Black Currawong (Strepera fuliginosa) are an evocative sound of Tasmania’s forests and can often be heard ringing out across mountain valleys. Song phrases consist of a loud, clanging, musical notes ‘kar-week-kar, kar-week-week-kar’ and are often given as antiphonal duets. These calls are often one of the first sounds of the dawn chorus and last of the diurnal bird sounds at dusk. Other calls include soft whistles and croaks.

The Black Currawong (Strepera fuliginosa) is endemic to Tasmania. It can be found in a variety of habitats, from coastal eucalypt forests and heath, to temperate rainforest and alpine shrubland. An adaptable species, Black Currawongs often become habituated around picnic areas and parks where they are quick to take advantage of any food left behind!

The subspecies of Black Currawong found on King Island Strepera fuliginosa colei is listed as ‘Vulnerable’ due to a population decline, likely as a result of habitat destruction.  

Listen to Black Currawong Sounds

The audio in the video below features two Black Currawongs singing at dusk in the Leven River Valley, Tasmania. Other birds in the background include Fan-tailed Cuckoo, Grey Fantail, Yellow Wattlebird & Tawny Frogmouth.


Black Currawong – Several singing at dusk

M6AK-501 Multiple birds singing at dusk from forest on the edges of an open montane valley in the Cradle Mountain area, Tasmania.

Black Currawong – Typical song

XC204415 Recorded in Mount Field National Park, Tasmania.

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