Night Parrots of the past

To: Peter Shute <>,
Subject: Night Parrots of the past
From: Lawrie Conole <>
Date: Tue, 23 Jul 2013 11:00:53 +1000
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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