The Torresian crow (Corvus Orru) is a native bird found commonly across northern and Western Australia. Crows have been able to adapt to urban landscapes and are a common species found throughout our built environment. They play an important part in our natural ecosystems feeding on carrion (animal carcasses) that would otherwise be left to rot and predate on pests such as cane toads.
The Torresian crow has adapted so vastly to urban habitats that they have gained cognitive learning on using cars to crack nuts on roads. The crow has even gone as far as to purposely conduct this learned technique near safe crossings to reduce the chances of being hit by oncoming traffic.
Throughout major parks and recreational areas Council has been actively installing covered bird proof bins to prevent crows form accessing waste, where practical. This improves the health and safety of Council controlled land through mitigating the bird’s foraging behaviour and maintaining the hygiene of our facilities.
Council discourages the feeding of crows as it can lead to nutritional imbalances, environmental health problems and a public nuisance. Crows will quickly identify new food sources and congregate in these areas, often causing a nuisance to neighbours: