Help with bird calls!

Subject: Help with bird calls!
From: Boyd <>
Date: Sat, 16 Aug 2008 23:09:06 +1000
We are artists from the Burragorang Valley NSW. A bird heaven!
We are working on an sound/sculpture installation for Goulburn Gallery NSW in
October entitled 'Bird Cry from the Grassy Box Woodlands.'
We are wanting to collect mnemonics and onomatopoeias for Australian birds. We have the obvious bird books which tend to be better for onomatopoeias, though the Friar birds' "an extraordinary jumble of notes one of which has been interpreted as 4 o'clock" has always been a favourite. The plan is to use the sound descriptions as a score to be interpreted by musicians, this 'recreated' bird sound is what we hear in the exhibition. If we don't save our birds from extinction only the human record remains. For instance the call of the Dodo may have been doo doo! or not...

Do any of you have words you use to describe or help remember bird calls?

To see/hear an example of our previous work with birds: http://

Thanks for your help Boyd and Alison.


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