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153 Musicians 5

Swans Geese Ducks & Grebes

  • 4
  • Adrian Hall
  • Plumed Whistling Duck

Shrill whistlings, high wheezy ‘tzwit-tzwit-tzwit-tzwit’. In roosting flocks, an almost continuous ‘jizzing-chittering’.

  • 5
  • Markus Kuchenbuch
  • Wandering Whistling Duck

A confused, high, whistled, rather tremulous ‘wit-wit-wit...’, slightly slurred.

  • 6
  • Elizabeth Jiglian
  • Australian Wood (Maned) Duck

Female a querulous, nasal ‘grouwwk’, beginning low, rising; male similar, but higher, abrupt ‘nowk!’

  • 7
  • Adam Dunning
  • Pacific Black Duck

Male gives a quick ‘rhaab-rhaab’ of varying strength; in warning, a loud, extended ‘rhaaaeeb’; in display a high pitched whistle immediately followed by a deep grunt. Female, typical loud duck quackings, single quacks of varying strength, and a long sequence, descending and fading, ‘quaak, quaak, quak, quak-quakquak’.

  • 8
  • Patrick Curley
  • Grey Teal

Male gives a sharp whistle with soft, low grunt and loud whistled ‘gedg-ee-oo’. Female has a loud, chuckled, descending series of quacks; also a slow, harsh, drawn out ‘que-aark’.

  • 9
  • Kalju Tonuma
  • Hardhead (White-eyed Duck)

Male soft wheezy whistle and ‘whirrr’; female a loud, harsh, rattled ‘gaak, gak, gakgakgak’.

  • 10
  • Nigel Leonard Wells
  • Australasian Grebe

Rapid, sharp chittering; harsher versions in threat or agression.

Swifts Kingfishers

  • 71
  • Kraabøl/Kurdøl/Wattne
  • Laughing Kookaburra

Raucous ‘koo-koo-ka-ka-kook’. Simpson and Day.

  • 72
  • Nick Bollinger
  • Blue-winged Kookaburra

Appalling: starts of with gutteral ‘klock, klock, klock, klock’ and develops into a cacaphony of squarks and skreeches, somewhat like a machine-driven hacksaw. Pizzey

  • 73
  • Sasha Margolis
  • Forest Kingfisher

Rapid high whistles, strident chatter. Simpson and Day.

  • 74
  • Gary Abkin
  • Red-backed Kingfisher

Repeated mournful whistle; harsh chatter. Simpson and Day.

  • 75
  • Belinda Woods
  • Sacred Kingfisher

Loud repeated ‘kek-kek-kek’. Rising ‘kee-kee-kee’ duets near nest. Simpson and Day.

  • 76
  • Nick Rheinberger
  • Rainbow Bee-eater

Melodius trilling ‘prrrt-prrrit’ in flight. Simpson and Day.

  • 77
  • Anne Veinberg
  • Dollarbird

Harsh accelerating nasal yap; churring. Simpson and Day.


  • 78
  • Catherine Clover
  • Brown Treecreeper

Stacatto ‘spink spink’; harsh rattle; chuckling songs. Simpson and Day.

  • 79
  • Robert Burrell
  • Varigated Fairy-wren

High metalic, squeaky and rather clockwork or mechanical rattling trill at fairly uniform pitch. Morcombe and Stewart.

  • 80
  • Andrew Milne
  • Red-backed Fairy-wren

Call begins with squeaks so high and weak that they would only be heard when very close, followed by a trill beginning with high squeaky notes, usually switching to lower, louder rattling sounds. Morcombe and Stewart.

  • 81
  • Bindi Isis
  • Red-browed Pardalote

Five somewhat parrot-like whistled notes, first two slow and rising, other three quicker and higher; or one slow followed by five quicker high notes. Pizzey

  • 82
  • Michael Harvey
  • Striated Pardalote

“Choop-chullum”. Clear, sharp musical ‘witta-witta’ the second part slightly lower, soft low trills. Morcombe and Stewart

Whistlers Shrike-thrushes

  • 112
  • Dominic Mercer
  • Crested-bellbird

Parnparnparlarla. (Ngaanyatjarra) ‘parnparnparlarla’. ‘it’s a beautiful sound.. a kind of comforting sound....’Nalda Searles

  • 113
  • Matt Whitton
  • Golden Whistler

Rising ‘wheat-wheat-wheat-WHITTLE!’ a brisk ‘dee-dee-dee-ah-WHIT!’ Pizzey.

  • 114
  • Jonathan Lane
  • Rufous Whistler

Joey joey joey (Maureen) Also a call with a drawn out beginning powerful ringing whip-crack finish ‘eeee-CHIEW!’ and’ eeee-CHONG!’. Morcombe and Stewart

  • 115
  • Andy giles
  • Grey Shrike-thrush

pip-pip-pip-pip-ho-ee. High clear and often loudly ringing whistles intermingled with mellow musical notes and deep rich bubbly sounds. Morcombe and Stewart


  • 128
  • Michael Havir
  • White-breasted Woodswallow

Brisk ‘pirt, pirt’ somwhat like toy-trumpet. Pizzey

  • 129
  • Cat Hope
  • Masked Woodswallow

Musical ‘chap, chap’; also sweet miner-like notes. Pizzey

  • 130
  • Jon McCormack
  • White-browed Woodswallow

Rather musical, descending ‘tchip-tchep’. From large flocks this creates a constant yapping chatter. Morcombe and Stewart.

  • 131
  • Samuel Bruce
  • Black-faced Woodswallow

Not loud; sweet notes, scratchy ‘chiff, chiff or ‘chap, chap’. Pizzey

  • 132
  • Peter Mcilwain
  • Dusky Woodswallow

Soft low ‘vut, vut’; also brisk ‘peet peet or chirps and chirrups with slightly brassy tone; song quiet but animated. Pizzey

  • 133
  • Rebecca Gallo
  • Little Woodswallow

A brisk ‘peet, peet’; may be uttered as a series of three or four evenly spaced notes or as a single note followed by two quick notes; more rarely as four high pitched notes. Pizzey.