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Sunday, May 20, 2012

#196 Australian Raven

Corvus coronoides
IUCN Redlist: Least Concern
Location: Pamamaroo Lake, NSW, Australia
Time: 1400 AEST May 2, 2012

There are 5 resident species of Corvus in Australia, all of which are all-black with a white iris, three of which live around the Menindee Lakes in New South Wales, and the easiest way to tell them apart is by their calls. The call of the Australian raven, as described in the Simpson & Day Field Guide to the Birds of Australia, is a series of slow 'aaaa...' notes with a strangled, drawn out finish. They can sound quite human-like, like an upset child.


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