/kur"euh wawng', -wong'/, n.
any of several large black-and-white passerine birds of the genus Strepera, of Australia, having a resounding bell-like voice.
[1925-30; < Dharuk gu-ra-wa-run]

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also called  piping-crow , or  crow-shrike 
 any of several songbirds of the Australian family Cracticidae (order Passeriformes). They are large, up to 50 centimetres (20 inches) long, with black, gray, or black-and-white plumage and yellow eyes. All have resounding, metallic voices. Found in woodlands and occasionally flocking into suburban areas, currawongs live on fruit, insects, small animals, and other birds' eggs and young: they may be a nuisance in orchards and hen yards. The pied currawong, or chillawong (Strepera graculina) makes rolling sounds; the gray currawong (S. versicolor), also called squeaker, or rainbird, makes clanking noises.

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