"Someone whistling with his head down a toilet bowl” (Birds of Australia’s
Top End). That description enabled Keith Betton’s wife Esther to locate
Black-tailed Treecreeper while they were driving.
Denise Lawungkurr Goodfellow
PO Box 71
Darwin River, NT, Australia 0841
043 8650 835
PhD candidate, Southern Cross University, Lismore, NSW.
Founding Member: Ecotourism Australia
Nominated by Earthfoot for Condé Nast’s International Ecotourism Award, 2004.
With every introduction of a plant or animal that goes feral this continent
becomes a little less unique, a little less Australian.
On 17 May 2016, at 7:38 pm, Andrew Bell <> wrote:
> 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.
> Sent from my iPad
>> 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 *
>>> * < <>>
>>> Make the sound available by all means. If you hear it you'll know anyway
>> - it sounds
>> Dr Lawrie Conole
>> Tylden Vic 3444
>> lconole [at] gmail.com
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