Mystery calls from Bowra Station, Queensland

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Subject: Mystery calls from Bowra Station, Queensland
From: Marc Anderson <>
Date: Wed, 28 Oct 2015 11:05:14 +0000
Thanks to all who have responded so far with suggestions on the mystery
calls. I'll wait for a few days then post a summary of the comments.

If someone could forward to me Steve Debus' suggestions that would be
great as I didn't seem them come up on the Birding Aus archives.


Marc Anderson

-----Original Message-----
From: Marc Anderson 
Sent: Tuesday, 27 October 2015 6:28 PM
Subject: Mystery calls from Bowra Station, Queensland

After a great trip to Bowra station a couple of weeks ago, I've reviewed most 
of the audio from many hours of remote recording and have a few calls I haven't 
been able to identify. Would be helpful if someone familiar with these calls 
could help with ID.

They have been uploaded to & the links to the sounds are as 

1) XC287109 -

Recorded in sparse, stony hard mulga country - cackling call perhaps from a 
raptor. Brown Falcon seen in the area, but Black & Grey also known from this 

2) XC287108 -

Willie Wagtail song interferes with first phrase, but the second phrase is 
clearer and I've no idea what this one is. Recorded in mixed mulga country near 
a dried creek bed.

3) XC287107 -

The repetitive whistle is the call in question here. A common sound heard most 
days of our visit. My first guess was either Spiny-cheeked or Singing 
Honeyeater, but never got to see birds making this call. Rufous Whistler was 
the only other suspect I had, but I've never heard this species make this call 
in coastal populations which I am more familiar with. Mixed mulga country near 
a dried creek bed.

4) XC287106 -

Repetitive whistle, different to the previous one. Mixed mulga country near a 
dried creek bed.


Any comments would be appreciated.


Marc Anderson

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Sydney, Australia
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