White-Winged Chough, Wycheproof, Victoria

The White-Winged Chough (Corcorax melanorhamphos) is a fairly large, almost totally black bird that we often see in small family groups of about 6 to 10 individuals at the side of country roads. We only see them from about 50+ km north of us. Apparently, some members of small groups may have been abducted from other groups!

They are black apart from white underneath their wings, and intense red eyes. They also have a curved beak.

This is one of a pair that we came across that had nested near the Wycheproof granite quarry. There were others nearby, and probably more nests too.

Photo taken October 2021.

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