Black Currawong - endemic
At first thought it was a strange looking crow but with the deep yellow eyes and white plumage around the tail this is definitely a different species. Seen near some mangroves.
Strepera graculina (Shaw, 1790), Pied Currawong, Katoomba, NSW, 9 November 2014
Currawongs are three species of medium-sized passerine birds belonging to the genus Strepera in the family Cracticidae native to Australasia. These are the Grey Currawong (Strepera versicolor), Pied Currawong (S. graculina), and Black Currawong (S. fuliginosa). The common name comes from the call of the familiar Pied Currawong of eastern Australia and is onomatopoeic. They were formerly known as Crow-shrikes or Bell-magpies. Despite their resemblance to crows and ravens, they are only distantly related to the...