Blackbird's song

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Subject: Blackbird's song
From: Lawrie Conole <>
Date: Tue, 22 Jul 2003 12:10:13 +1000
simon starr wrote:
Re: [BIRDING-AUS] Blackbird's song
The Song thrush would generally be considered to be an even more accomplished songster but I have not heard them over here.

Hi Simon

The Song Thrushes that I'm familiar with in Melboune and Geelong (in southern Victoria) do have long and seemingly elaborate song cycles - though highly repetitive it seems - and without any kind of deliberate analysis on my part!  It's the dominant bird sound in my neighbourhood at the moment - though the butcherbirds occasionally take over.

There's something about the rhythm
(and some notes) of particular phrases of the Song Thrush repertoire that remind me of that "choo-choo-choo" thing that Black-chinned Honeyeaters do.  Slightly reminiscent too of some of the similar repeated calls of the Painted Honeyeater - the "george-gee-gee-gee-gee...." that occasionally takes over from "george-gee, george-gee".


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