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Torresian Crow


Torresian Crow
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Copyright: Nyssa Brown (nyssajb) Silver Note Writer [C: 2 W: 2 N: 15] (74)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2006-09-18
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon Powershot S3 IS
Exposure: f/3.5, 1/1000 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Nyssa's Bird Photography [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2007-01-25 21:39
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Points: 0
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Crows and Ravens (Corvidae) (in Australia anyway) are very hard to tell apart. There are six members of the Corvidae family in Australia, five of them are native and one is self-introduced (an infrequent species that visits from south-east Asia).

Ravens: The Australian Raven (Corvus coronoides) (often called a crow), The Forest Raven (Corvus tasmanicus), The Little Raven (Corvus mellori)
Crows: Torresian Crow (Corvus orru) (sometimes called the Australian Crow), The Little Crow (Corvus bennetti)
Visitor: The House Crow (Corvus splendens) (straggler from south-east Asia).

All Australian Corvidae are black with white eyes in adults and brown in juveniles. The House Crow is black white grey-brown bands around the neck and breast with brown eyes in the adults.

It took a while but I realised this could only be two of the entire lot. The Australian Raven or the Torresian Crow. Why? The others aren't found where I live (southeast Queensland). I was having trouble being able to figure out which of the two it was but only one thing really stood out and told me that it was the Torresian Crow. In some of the photos I took on the day, they were in a flock. Australian Ravens are more often than not found in pairs while the Torresian Crow is found in flocks outside of breeding.

Photo location: Roma Street Parklands, Brisbane (Australia).

References:
wikipedia.org
amonline.net.au
birdsinbackyards.net


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