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Alternative names: Black Bell-Magpie; Sooty Currawong; Sooty Crow-Shrike; Black Magpie; Black Jay; Mountain Jay
50cm (19Â¾ in). A large dark passerine, resembling a crow:
Sexes similar, males are larger than females.
 Similar Species
Tasmania and surrounding islands.
Forms a superspecies with Pied Currawong and is sometimes treated conspecific with it.
Three subspecies are recognized:
Open temperate forests, woodland, scrub and heathland
Feeds mainly on insects and small vertebrates like lizards, birds and mice. Takes also some fruit and seeds. Usually seen foraging on ground. Scavenges at picnic grounds and farmyards. Known to cache food.
Breeds generally from October to December. The nest is a large cup formed from sticks and lined with soft material. It is placed in a tall eucalypt tree. Lays 2 - 4 eggs. Known as strong nest defender.
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