Graeme Chapman - natural history photographer - ornithologist

Australian Birds

Forest Raven
Corvus tasmanicus
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Click to listen to sound samples In Tasmania the Forest Raven is the only corvid. In southern Victoria at the Otway Range and Wilson's Promontory in Victoria, the main breeding corvids are Forest Ravens, but elsewhere on the mainland up to three species can be found together. In Victoria and S.A. they are Forest Ravens, Australian Ravens and Little Ravens and in N.E. NSW Aust. Ravens, Forest Ravens and Torresian Crows co-exist. People often compare Forest Ravens with Australian Ravens - they are much the same size and they have similar behaviour and ecology, but their voices are very different - the Australian Raven is a soprano and the Forest Raven a bass. (listen on sound pages) The closest relative to the Forest Raven is actually the Little Raven and these two can be much more difficult to separate on call. In some areas such as the N.E. Victorian coast and the Coorong in southeastern S.A. the odd medium-sized bird occurs that can be difficult to assign, a situation many serious birders are reluctant to accept.

Rubbish tips are great places to find corvids, especially in areas where three species occur. In NSW at Tea Gardens, Tuncurry and Walcha you can usually hear Aust. Ravens, Forest Ravens and Torresian Crows. In the town of Forster Forest Ravens are almost commensal (the smartest one sits on top of the Macdonalds sign). They occur in the coastal forests as far north as Coff's Harbour and south at least to Tea Gardens where the town has its resident pair. Throughout this range they forage quite a lot along the beaches.

On the northern tableland, the road from Walcha to Nowendoc is a great place to see them. The Armidale area is another hotspot and it is the only place in Australia to boast 4 species, because the occasional flock of Little Ravens passes by. The Tasmanian race of the Forest Raven is the largest corvid in Australia. Little Ravens have yet to be recorded in Tasmania but when I was there last I saw some birds in the far north-east that were a bit suspicious.

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868203-D ... Forest Raven - a brown-eyed juvenile of the New England race., Tea Gardens N.S.W.

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