RFI: Are Pied Butcherbirds nesting at the moment in SE Qld?

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Subject: RFI: Are Pied Butcherbirds nesting at the moment in SE Qld?
From: "Robert Inglis" <>
Date: Mon, 19 Sep 2011 08:51:29 +1000
I am currently checking around my local area near Bribie Island (just north of 
Brisbane, Queensland) for Pied Butcherbirds singing pre-dawn. This involves 
being ‘in the field’ from around 3:30 am (or earlier) to catch the pre-dawn 
calls and especially those calls which may be their ‘breeding’ songs. Last year 
at this time ‘my’ birds were very vocal and obvious but this year there seems 
to be less volume and vigour in the songs that I have been hearing. Also there 
doesn’t seem to be as many pied Butcherbirds around my home and the very local 
A friend is doing long term recording and studies of the songs and has told me 
that the Pieds in SE and central Australia are being very quiet at the moment 
and it seems that my area may be one of the few with active Pieds singing 
pre-dawn. Another good reason for living where I do.

During the breeding period the singing can be particularly interesting.
What I would like to know is “has anyone in the coastal SE Queensland area 
noticed Pied Butcherbirds nesting during the past month or two, especially 
right now?”.
If people in other parts of Australia are hearing Pied Butcherbirds calling 
pre-dawn that would be interesting as well.
Note: pre-dawn in my terms means before the sky starts to lighten – well before 
official sunrise time.

Please note I am not asking for detailed directions to nests but I would like 
to know the suburb/s where nesting is now happening or has recently happened.
If anyone has that information and is willing to share with me they can contact 
me at 
I will be sharing this information with one other person who will possibly use 
the information to help in her studies of Pied Butcherbird song.

Bob Inglis
Sandstone Point

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