Yes, I meant BSC! I guess their use of the word "peculiar" does imply that it's
not like a normal whistle. It is odd though that the writer mentions two
alternative names for the Night Parrot, which might mean they know more than
the average person.
> -----Original Message-----
> From: Lawrie Conole
> Sent: Tuesday, 23 July 2013 11:01 AM
> To: Peter Shute;
> Subject: Re: [Birding-Aus] Night Parrots of the past
> Hi Peter
> You may be right, but the call of the BSC (not
> Black-shouldered Kite BSK I presume!) is exactly a "peculiar
> whistling call" to the ears of a non-naturalist/birder I'd
> have thought. In any case, the newspaper accounts are so
> vague as to be unreliable at best and have great capacity to
> mislead. As far as the NP calls, we'll have to wait for
> someone other than JY to reveal them I'm pretty sure :-)
> I've certainly heard the odd 'interesting' sound at night
> within NP range, but wouldn't be brave enough to make the
> connection ...
> On 23 July 2013 10:39, Peter Shute <> wrote:
> Maybe, but I'm not sure I'd describe a BSK call as a
> "peculiar whistling call".
> Perhaps what caused cattle to stampede was not the
> nature of the call, but the fact that the birds, whatever
> they were, could flush from right under the cattle's feet.
> Peter Shute
> > -----Original Message-----
> > From:
> > On Behalf Of
> > Lawrie Conole
> > Sent: Tuesday, 23 July 2013 9:49 AM
> > To:
> > Subject: [Birding-Aus] Night Parrots of the past
> > > Yes, it is interesting. The sort of call that might
> cause a mob of
> > > cattle to panic would be somewhat different to the sort of
> > call that
> > > John Young reportedly recorded.
> > If you allow for some hyperbole (ie. the call might stampede
> > a flighty correspondent but be largely ignored by ruminating
> > cattle), I'd be nearly prepared to put money on it being a
> > Bush Stone-curlew call being described there. Surely the NP
> > call isn't a million miles from a GP call from what has been
> > suggested so far.
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