Emu distress call

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Subject: Emu distress call
From: Peter Shute <>
Date: Tue, 22 Oct 2013 13:41:02 +1100
At Little Desert on the weekend, we found a young Emu calling. It appeared to 
be unable to find the family group, and the call it made was a lot like a Brush 
Cuckoo (the repeated pee-eeeep call) to the extent that I thought that's what 
it was.

Unfortunately we didn't get a recording of it. Has anyone else heard this call? 
I'm wondering in what circumstances the call is made.

The bird was about 50cm from ground to shoulder, still in striped plumage. I 
don't know how old that makes it.

Peter Shute

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