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