Night Parrots of the past

To: 'Lawrie Conole' <>, "" <>
Subject: Night Parrots of the past
From: Peter Shute <>
Date: Tue, 23 Jul 2013 11:06:50 +1000
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.

Peter Shute

> -----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 ...
> Lawrie
> 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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