Noisy Scrub-bird Cheyne Beach

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Subject: Noisy Scrub-bird Cheyne Beach
From: Syd Curtis <>
Date: Wed, 08 May 2002 14:49:18 +1000

Hi Frank,

        You wrote, concerning your Noisy Scrubbird observations -

> From: Frank O'Connor <>
> Date: Tue, 07 May 2002 00:15:45 +0800
> To: 
> Subject: [BIRDING-AUS] Noisy Scrub-bird Cheyne Beach
> This was a different bird from the first scrub-bird that we saw.  The first
> bird had a black throat.  The second bird had a grey throat.  The field
> guide (Pizzey and Knight) suggests that this is a female?  But only males
> are reputed to call.  So maybe this was an immature male?  With the two
> territories so close, it seems very unusual to me that this bird was not
> responding when the first bird (with black throat) was calling, and that
> the first bird didn't respond when this second bird (grey throat) was
> calling.  I have no explanation.

Male lyrebirds (both species) stop being territorial out of the breeding
season.  And their singing is quite erratic as to time, place and content.
Could it be that the same applies with the Noisy?  The Scrubbirds are
distantly related to the lyrebirds.

Just a thought.


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