Songs, Birds & Drawings
One Saturday afternoon,thirty children from Bundeena and beyond made these beautiful observed illustrations of the birds of Bimblebox - with thanks to Deborah Barrett.
153 Musicians 2
Cockatoos & Parrots
- Miranda Hill
- Red-tailed Black-Cockatoo
Harsh metallic rolling far carrying cree cree. Simpson and Day
- Chris Williams
- Yellow-tailed Black Cockatoo
Wailing kee-aaah; staccato growl. Simpson and Day.
- Stephen Bradbury
Voice rather harsh, metallic and abrupt, yet not unpleasant: ‘chirrink-chirrink, chirrink-chirrink’ and variations ‘chzink-chzink’, ‘czink-czink-czink-czink’; in alarm, harsh, scolding, rasping screeches. Morecombe
- James Eccles
- Sulphur-crested Cockatoo
loud, raucous, unpleasant screeches, usually an intermix of harsh and sharp sounds, varying from deep, grinding and guttural to powerful, piercing screeches of ear-splitting intensity: ‘airrrik, aarrrk, ahrk, aieirrk, aieirieik!’. Morcombe
- Damien Ricketson
High far carrying rolling cweeree. Simpson and Day
- Patrick Hansen
- Rainbow Lorikeet
In flight gives frequent, quite pleasant, softly rasping or vibrating musical screeches; softer mellow chattering and subdued screeches while feeding; quiet twittering while resting. Morecombe
- David Rothenberg
- Red-winged Parrot
Brassy crillik-crillik in flight. Simpson and Day
- Guy Freer
- Pale-headed Rosella
Call in flight is an abrupt ‘czik-czik-, czik-czik-’. From trees gives high but soft, thin and slightly tremulous ‘fee-e-fee-e-fe-e’ or ‘fwe-we-we-wee’ Simpson and Day
- Aviva Endean
Continuous chirrup; zitting alarm call. Simpson and Day
Cormorants & Pelicans
- Adrian McNeil
- Australasian Darter
Voice is a harsh, ‘kar, kar,ka, ka-ka-kakaka loud and slow, gradually more rapid, then fading. At nest, loud, brassy cacklings and clicking sounds.
- Hughes & Datson
- Little Pied Cormorant
keh-keh-keh’ and a harsh, deep ‘uk-uk-urk’. A sharp croak is used as an alarm call.
- Vanessa Tomlinson
- Pied Cormorant
Usually silent, but various cacklings, loud ticking, deep gutteral grunting in breeding colonies.
- Eo Greensticks
- Little Black Cormorant
Usually silent but some ticking and croaking among birds in fishing flocks; gutteral croaks and tickings at nest.
- Australian Pelican
Voice deep with resonant croaks and gutteral grunting.
Cuckoo-Shrikes & Orioles
- Weizen Ho
- Black-faced Cuckoo-shrike
Unusual musical rolling purring or churring note. Pizzey
- Gary Warner
- White-bellied (Little) Cuckoo-shrike
Typical call is a peevish ‘kissik, kissik’ or quizeek’ Pizzey
- Emma Hunt
- Ground Cuckoo-shrike
Far-carrying ‘pee-ew, pee-ew’; also chill-chill....kee-lick, kee-lick’. Pizzey
- Michael Goldberg
- White-winged Triller
Slightly descending ‘chiff-chiff-chiff-joey-joey-joey’ or ‘deet-deet-deet-dip-dip-dip-dip-drrr’ ending in a canary-like trill. Pizzey.
- Tanya Sparke
- Olive-backed Oriole
A frequently repeated sequence is a rollicking ‘orry-orry-orriole’, quite clearly pronouncing itself to be an ‘oriole’. The song is a prolonged version of the call, wandering through similar sequences of notes, often with mimicry of other birds, ‘quiee-kwee-kworri-kworriole’; also varied querulous squawking and rasping sounds.
- Richard Kean
Short sharp yelps ‘pow! pow! pow!. Many soft musical calls. Simpson and Day
- Paul Jarman
- Pallid Cuckoo
Male utters the well-known ‘harbinger-of-spring’ call: upward scale of about eight whistled notes, the second note slightly below the first, the rising in a quarter-tone or cromatic scale; uttered persistently day and night. Pizzey
- Bernard Houston
- Brush Cuckoo
A shrill far-carrying deliberate, usually descending phrase of about 7 or 8 notes, ‘fear-fear-fear...’ repeated shrill rising phrases ‘Where’s the tea Pete’ becoming demented.
- Paul Burton
- Black-eared Cuckoo
A quite descending mournful ‘peeeeeeer’, singly or repeated, livelier ‘pee-o-wit-pee-o-weer’ repeated. Pizzey
- Shaun Barlow
- Horsefield’s Bronze-cuckoo
Single long descending ‘tseeeeuw’, ‘prrelll’ or ‘pir-r-r’, repeated persistently. Pizzey
- Jon Rose
- Shining Bronze-cuckoo
Somwhat like a person whistling a dog; clear high pitched deliberate ‘feee, feee, feee, feee’, each note rising at the end: often ends in descending ‘pee-eerr’. Stacatto notes. Pizzey
- Ron Nagorcka
- Channel-billed Cuckoo
Voice awful.‘awrrk, aworrk, oirrk, oik-oik-oik’
- Roger dean
- Pheasant Coucal
Deep hollow ‘coop-coop-coop-coop-coop-coop’, slow at first, accelerating and descending like liquid glugging from a bottle; also harsh, though not loud, scolding notes. Pizzey.