Antiphonal singing in butcherbirds

Subject: Antiphonal singing in butcherbirds
From: "Martin O'Brien"<>
Date: Thu, 9 Jul 1998 11:12:06 +1000
Syd Curtis mentions the "magic" singing of Pied Butcherbirds (Cracticus

This is certainly one of the pleasures in birding in northern Victoria,
where the species is on the southern limit of its Australian distribution.
For those who haven't experienced it the flute-like song is one of the joys
of the bush.  It instantly takes me to the redgum country near Barmah
Forest and Echuca.

David Stewart has a superb recording of this and other Australian bushbirds
on his "A morning in the Australian Bush" CD.
Strongly recommended for anyone interested in Australian birds.

Martin O'Brien
Executive Scientific Officer
Scientific Advisory Committee
Threatened Species Program
Department of Natural Resources and Environment
4/250 Victoria Pde.,
East Melbourne,  3002

tel: +61 3 9412 4567
fax: +61 3 9412 4586

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