Australian Magpie Australian Magpie
Photo by Martin Kandilas
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Australian Native Birds
Black Birds
Magpies, butcherbirds
and ravens, etc
I have separated the black birds into their own group to assist in identifying them.

Included are the Cracticidae, Corvidae and Corcoracidae families - whose total Australian contingent totals 16.

I have taken the liberty of including the Magpie Lark in this group - again to assist in identification - and may include other black birds accordingly.

Australian Magpie
Australian Raven
Black-backed Magpie
Grey Butcherbird
Grey Currawong
Pied Butcherbird
Pied Currawong
Western Magpie
White-winged Chough

Family Cracticidae
Australian Magpie Australian Magpie
(Black-backed Magpie)
(Cheltenham, NSW)
The Australian Magpie has one of the most beautiful calls.
Its white collar and red eyes distinguish it from other black birds.
The Black-backed Magpie is found in eastern Australia.
Australian Magpie (juvenile) Australian Magpie
(Black-backed Magpie, juvenile)
(Cheltenham, NSW)
The juvenile Australian Magpie has a grey mottled look, and its eyes are brown. It tends to follow its parents around screeching to be fed - even when it is nearly fully grown.
Western Magpie Australian Magpie
(Western Magpie)
(Albany, WA)
The Western Magpie has a white back and is found in south-western Australia.
The female Australian Magpie's white collar is mottled grey.
Grey Currawong Grey Currawong
(Leura, NSW)
The Grey Currawong occurs across the southern Australian states. It has several variations including brown and black. The yellow eyes help identify it as a Currawong.
Pied Currawong Pied Currawong
(Leura, NSW)
Found in eastern Australia, the Pied Currawong is often heard referred to as a magpie - but its yellow eyes and all black collar readily distinguish it.
Grey Butcherbird Grey Butcherbird
Identified by their grey back and white lores (patch between the eye and the beak). Butcherbirds' beaks have a blue tinge.
Photo by Martin Kandilas
Pied Butcherbird Pied Butcherbird
(Nerang, Qld)
The Pied Butcherbird is found in most parts of Australia. Butcherbirds are easily identified by their characteristic hooked-beak.
Photo by Martin Kandilas
Pied Butcherbirds (immature) Pied Butcherbirds
(Southport, Qld)
Immature Pied Butcherbirds are distinguished by the grey bib - which turns black as they mature.
Photo by Martin Kandilas
Family Corvidae
Australian Raven Australian Raven
(Perth, WA)
The Australian Raven is all black and has white eyes.
Ravens are distinguished from other "black birds" by the shaggy feathers on their throat.
Australian Raven Australian Raven
(Geelong, Vic.)
The juvenile Australian Raven has light blue eyes.
Photo by Martin Kandilas
Family Corcoracidae
Apostlebird Apostlebird
(Mungo NP, NSW)
The Apostlebird is a ground forager - where it is frequently seen. It is found in non-coastal Queensland and NSW.
The birds at Mungo seem to be bluer than the browner ones found in reference books.
White-winged Chough White-winged Chough
(Megalong Valley, NSW)
The White-winged Chough (pronounced "chuff") is identified by being all black with red eyes and a slightly hooked/bent beak. The "white winged" is a large white patch under its wings.
Magpie-lark Magpie-lark
(Broome, WA)
The Magpie-lark is smaller than the Magpie. It is widely known as the Peewee due to its call. The male has a black throat and a white patch over his eye.


ACT - Australian Capital Territory
NP - National Park
NSW - New South Wales
NT - Northern Territory
Qld - Queensland
SA - South Australia
Vic. - Victoria
WA - Western Australia

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