night parrot on brighton downs

To: Lawrie Conole <>
Subject: night parrot on brighton downs
From: Andrew Bell <>
Date: Tue, 17 May 2016 10:08:29 +0000
I agree entirely, this is a more than adequate description for any birder, 
without the risk of tempting playback - and it is often tempting (and not 
always inappropriate). I'll continue to listen out in spinifex country and I 
won't need a recording to know Ive heard a NP.

Who could forget Graham Pizzey's description of the White-throated Gerygone's 
"silvery falling leaf of a song in a minor key..." Knew it the first time I 
heard it. An art of poetically describing songs that is worth preserving.



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> On 17 May 2016, at 12:12 pm, Lawrie Conole <> wrote:
> As Graeme has suggested ... if you hear one, and you are vaguely attuned to
> bird calls, you'll know.
> I believe I've heard the NP in breakaway/spinifex country SE of Cloncurry
> in NW Qld.  The call has stuck in my head these last few years, and it's
> much as has been described.
> ... *Thanks to Young’s 2013 recordings, scientists knew that the night
> parrots have a two-syllable call, a cadence described by Murphy as roughly:
> “ding-ding.” But the parrot they tracked roosted with another bird that had
> a three-syllable call: “ding de-ding.”* ...
>> * On 15 May 2016, at 12:18 PM, Graeme Chapman *
>> * < <>> 
>> wrote:*
>> Make the sound available by all means. If you hear it you'll know anyway
> - it sounds
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