High Country night call identified

Subject: High Country night call identified
From: "David McDonald" <>
Date: Tue, 25 Feb 1997 18:54:11 +1100
Many thanks for those who responded to my call for help in 
identifying a night call at the Thredbo River in the Snowy Mountains 
of NSW last week.  Richard Jordan and Jo Wieneke suggested the Brush 
Cuckoo.  I checked the BOCA tape and that is certainly what I 
heard.  The Snowy Mtns area is within its summer range.

Pizzey's field guide covers the call well:
Displaying males very noisy with repeated shrill rising phrases like 
'where's-the-tea', 'where's-the-tea-Pete' or 'where's-the-pippy', 
becoming demented.
This call is, of course, in addition to the one with which I was 
familiar:  'fear-fear-fear-fear ...'

When I characterised it as being like 'walk-to-work' I guess that's 
similar to Pizzey's 'where's-the-tea'.  Except that the Noisy Pitta 
has appropriated  'walk-to-work'!

Thanks again to all who offered suggestions.

David McDonald          Telephone:   +61-6-231 8904
PO Box 1355             
WODEN  ACT  2606        
AUSTRALIA               E-mail:  
      Fax from 26 Feb 1997:  +61-6-249 0740

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