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153 Musicians 1

Babblers, Chats, Robins & Sitella

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  • Kari
  • Jacky Winter

Peter Peter Peter (Maureen) Clear far-carrying, ringing whistling call, a rapid ‘chwit-chwit-chwit-queeter-queeter-queeter’, ‘ slower ‘cheweet, cheweet’. Morcombe and Stewart.

  • 107
  • Clare Elizabeth
  • Red-capped Robin

Dry but pretty insect-like trill, sharp single or double ‘tick’ like pebbles being struck together. Pizzey.

  • 108
  • Jocelyn Moen
  • Hooded Robin

YAP-yap-yap-yap-yap-yap’, yaps becoming shorter. Pizzey.

  • 109
  • Justin Ashworth
  • Grey-crowned Babbler

Clear ‘yahoo’ or brisk ‘gowahee, gowahee, gowahee’, rather like braying of a distant donkey. Incessant fussy chatterings. Pizzey.

  • 110
  • Eve Klein
  • Unidentified Babbler – White-Browed

Extraordinary variety of falsetto chattering miowing notes. Pizzey

  • 111
  • David Murphy
  • Varied Sittella

Song described as ‘tzir, zit-zit, tzir-zit-zat-zit’ Pizzey.

Birds of Prey

  • 25
  • Nicholas Alias
  • Black-shouldered Kite

A short plaintive piping ‘siep’ repeated regularly at intervals of about 5 seconds; a drawn out wheezy, husky or scraping ‘scrair’ at intervals of 5-10 seconds. Also a ‘chek-chek-chek’ contact call and a sharp ‘kik-kik-kik distress call given agressively when defending the nest.

  • 26
  • Nicola Morton
  • Letter-winged Kite

Call is a high, harsh, wheezy, drawn out, descending ‘pei-ir-ah’; mainly heard in spring breeding season. At the nest, harsh, wheezy whistling sounds.

  • 27
  • Jo Maunsell
  • Black Kite

Call is a plaintive, peevish, descending, quavering ‘kwe-ee-ier’; also a sharp, staccato ‘kee-ee-ki-ki-ki’.

  • 28
  • Nick Perry
  • Whistling Kite

‘long descending 'seeo' followed by an upward staccato 'si-si-si-si'. “one more rabbit and I’ll spew”

  • 29
  • Tony Lewis
  • Spotted Harrier

Usually silent but said to utter short shrill squeal. Pizzey

  • 30
  • LLew and Mara Kiek
  • Brown Goshawk

Calls loudly in vicinity of nest, a high ‘keek-keek-keek’, rising in pitch. Also a rapid, excited, descending ‘kik-kik-ki-ki-kikik’, possibly in defence of nest site. At times uses a slow, drawn out ‘youwick, youwick’; female deeper than male.

  • 68
  • Owen Jackson
  • Black Breasted Buzzard

Usually silent but quite vocal near nest. On return to nest excited yelping, ‘kyik-kyik-kyik; as alarm high long ‘screee’. Also a variety of harsh scratchy grating sounds.

Birds of Prey 2

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  • Garlo
  • Collared Sparrowhawk

a shrill, chattered ‘ki-ki-ki-ki’ and a slower, mellow ‘kwiek-kwiek-kwieek-’. Morecome

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  • Collin Offord
  • Wedge-tailed Eagle

feeble yelps and squeals

  • 33
  • Anthony Albrecht
  • Little Eagle

The call is a far-carrying, musical, yelping whistle in distinctive double- or triple-note sequence: a very rapid ‘chik-a-chuk’ or ‘chik-a-chuk, kuk’; the first ‘chik’ strong, sharp and high, the ‘-a-chuk’ softer, lower, mellow; sometimes a soft low fourth note, ‘kuk’, at the end. Morecombe

  • 34
  • Myfany Turpin
  • Brown Falcon

Probably the noisiest Australian Raptor; screeches, demented hoarse cacklings, at times like a laying hen. Pizzey

  • 35
  • Ryan Granger
  • Black Falcon

Call like that of Peregrine, but deeper, slower, ‘gaak-gaar-gaak-’, becoming a more excited ‘gak-gak-gak-’ if an intruder is near the nest tree. In sudden alarm a single ‘gaaark!’. Also gives a call quite unlike other falcons in courtship and display flights – a loud, high, sharp, scratchy ‘eeik-eeik’ every 3 to 5 sec. Morecombe

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  • Alister Spence
  • Nankeen Kestrel

The sharp, high, almost metallic ‘ki-ki-ki’ has many variations, territorial defence, displays, fighting, approaching nest with food: ranges from fast, shrill, chattered ‘kikikik-’ to slower ‘kee-kee-kee,’ and very slow, metallic, tapping ‘kik, kik, kik’. Also has a drawn out, screaming, rising ‘keeeiir, keeiir’ at food exchange and copulation. Morecombe

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  • Nick Weaver
  • Black Breasted Buzzard

Usually silent but quite vocal near nest. On return to nest excited yelping, ‘kyik-kyik-kyik; as alarm high long ‘screee’. Also a variety of harsh scratchy grating sounds.

Bowerbirds, Larks, Pipit, Sparrows & Finches

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  • Greg Sheehan
  • Spotted Bowerbird

Loud chirring grating hissing or throat-clearing noises. Pizzey

  • 142
  • Sandy Evans
  • Singing Bushlark (Horsfield’s)

Sweet clear if spasmodic song; notes alternately shrill and trilling or rich and melodious. Pizzey.

  • 143
  • Sonya Holowell
  • Australasian (Richard’s) Pipit

Brisk splintered ‘pith’ or rasping drawn-out ‘zwee’. Pizzey.

  • 144
  • Benjamin Samuels
  • Zebra Finch

Loud ‘tya’ like a toy trumpet; song a series of such notes connected with chattering trills. Pizzey.

  • 145
  • Karlin Love & Luigi Irlandini
  • Double-Barred Finch

Toot like toy trumpet, long-drawn-out ‘tiaat, tiaat’. Pizzey.

  • 146
  • Jim Moginie
  • Black-Throated Finch

Somewhat mournful far-carrying descending ‘peew’; soft ‘beck-beck-beckadeck’. Pizzey. "Fortunately the black- throated finch has wings and can fly…” Clive Palmer

  • 147
  • Tim Mortimer
  • Plum-headed Finch

Reported to be a single ‘tlip’ or ‘tleep’; at times drawn-out and high-pitched, scarcely audible. Pizzey.

Brolga Crakes Rails Bustard Button-Quails & Wader

  • 37
  • Mandy Connell
  • Brolga

Whooping bugle or trumpet like calls and harsh croaks. Simpson and Day

  • 38
  • Everybody & Darren Blackman
  • Australian Bustard

deep booming, rather like the roar of a distant lion, rising then falling. Closer, sounds include an abrupt, hoarse exhalation ‘huhh!’, often leading into a hoarse throaty growling – ‘huhh!, huhh! -aa-a-r-r-rgh, aa a-r-r-rrrgh’. Morcombe

  • 39
  • Martin Kay
  • Little Button-quail

Woop woop. Simpson and Day. Soft, high, resonant, musical ‘whoo, whoo, whoo…’ Squeaky chatter when flushed. Morecombe

  • 40
  • Ian Ahles
  • Red-chested Button-quail

Call is a soft, quite high, booming ‘oom, oom’ at one second intervals; notes slightly slurred and rising through a sequence of 20–30 calls. Morecombe

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  • Collin Offord
  • Bush Stone-curlew

Morcombe : ’eerie, a drawn out, mournfull-‘wee-ier, wee-ier, wheee-ieeer, whee-ieer-loo. Each call rises, strengthening, faster, building to a climax, then trails away.’

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  • Ganesh Anandan
  • Black-fronted Dotterel

Metallic pink; trilling calls. Simpson and Day

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  • Bonnie Hart
  • Masked Lapwing

Loud cackling Kerr-kick-ki-ki-ki; single kek. Simpson and Day