White-winged Chough Corcorax melanorhamphos

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White-winged Chough
Scientific Classification
Species:C. melanorhamphos
Binomial name
Corcorax melanorhamphos

The White-winged Chough (Corcorax melanorhamphos) is a medium-sized bird of the South and Eastern Australia.


A black bird with large white wing patches visible in flight. It has a downcurved bill and and a distinguishing bright red iris.

[top]Behavioural characteristics

Social birds which raise young in a family group. They are ground feeders and will walk in small flocks foraging through leaf litter on the ground.

[top]Distribution and habitat

White-winged Choughs can be found in woodland and mallee habitats throughout the south east of SA, through to the south east of QLD.


White-winged Choughs build mud nests in which they riase their young. They are co-operative family breeders with previous generations helping to incubate the eggs and raise the chicks. They breed from August through to December.


The voice is a mixture of long mournful whistles and harsh scolding churrs.
Calls from Para Wirra Recreation Park, SA. White-winged Choughs sm.mp3

[top]Where to find

These birds are often found on the ground, turning over pieces of bark to look for invertebrates.

Brookfield Conservation Park (SA) , Lowan Conservation Park (SA)

[top]Photographic Tips


White-winged Chough along the Yarra River, MelbourneWhite-winged Chough along the Yarra River, Melbourne
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