Re: What bird...?

To: Harriette Phelps <>
Subject: Re: What bird...?
From: Ian Temby <>
Date: Tue, 11 Nov 1997 14:33:17 -0816 (UTC)
On Tue, 11 Nov 1997 13:01:42 -0500 Harriette Phelps 
<> wrote:

> 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
Dear Harriette,

One bird that calls with a loud clank-or-clank-or-clank call in 
the early morning is the Little Wattlebird.  Check it in a bird 
book to see if it fits the silhouette you are seeing.  The call 
may not be quite the same in Sydney.


Ian Temby
Wildlife Damage Control Officer
Secretary/Treasurer, BIRDS Australia Parrot Association
Flora and Fauna Branch
Department of Natural Resources and Environment
4/250 Victoria Parade

Phone   613 9412 4429
Fax     613 9412 4586

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