What bird...?

Subject: What bird...?
From: Harriette Phelps <>
Date: Tue, 11 Nov 1997 13:01:42 -0500
Dear Experts,

        I have this bird that sings outside near my bed-sit (end of Glebe
Point Road) only about 20 minutes at the absolute break of day (street
lights still on, 5 - 5:15 this AM) and at no other time with this
distinctive tank-tank-tank-tank call repeated 4 or 5 times, a monotonous
but loud call, and is driving me bonkers to ID. I have watched it a couple
of mornings: it sits and calls conspicuously on the dead branch at the top
of the tree across the road but it is too dark to see many details.  It
looks like a largish honeycreeper with some white on the head and maybe a
chest red (?) patch.  And it sometimes flutters its wings between calling.
Anybody with a clue?

                Thanks again to the group!      Harriette

Harriette L. Phelps
Department of Anatomy and Histology F13
University of Sydney
NSW 2006

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