Torresian Crows are large, glossy black native birds with short throat feathers. They play an important role in our environment as they feed on carrion (animal carcasses) that would otherwise be left to rot, and predate on pests such as cane toads.
As a native species, crows are protected under the Queensland
government's Nature Conservation Act 1992.
It is illegal to trap or cull crows or to interfere with their
nests. Council does not remove or cull crows that are considered a
Where possible, Council installs covered 'bird-proof' bins on
Council controlled land to prevent crows from accessing waste.
Residents can also help manage crow numbers by limiting artificial
food sources on their property.
What you can do
- Don't feed crows
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
- Limit access to pet food
Remove food from outside areas once your pet has finished
eating, or feed your pet inside.
- Limit access to waste
Ensure bins are covered to prevent crows from rummaging through
waste in search of food. Don't overfill wheelie bins or leave
rubbish bags outside unattended.
- Be aware of crow breeding season
Crows can be very vocal during their breeding season as they
interact with one another and their young. Expect an increase in
noise from crows between August and February, and know that it will
- Plant small native trees and shrubs
Planting native bushes and shrubs, such as grevillea and
bottlebrush, will encourage smaller bird species to your garden and
result in greater biodiversity in your area.