Australian splits

Subject: Australian splits
From: Penny Brockman <>
Date: Thu, 3 May 2018 18:42:54 +1000
Just to stick my neck out and speaking of future splits, surely the Grey Shrike-thrush in the Red Centre should be split just on the basis of its song - nothing like that of the east coast species. I heard them singing at Kata Tjuta in June 2003 and again at Kings Canyon - pure silvery call that reminded me of the Andean Solitaire Thrush heard on a walk at the Tandayapa Lodge in Ecuador April 2001.

Penny, Gloucester, NSW

On 3/05/2018 2:46 PM, Graeme Chapman wrote:
I used to think that the Sandstone Shrike-thrush was pretty hard to beat, but 
when the Little Shrike-thrush was recently re-instated as a full species, when 
I changed the listing on my website my attention was drawn to what an 
outstanding songster it is.

So my vote goes to a Little Shrike-thrush with Pied Butcherbird a close second.

You can listen to them easily on my website ( but to 
properly appreciate these songs, listen through a good speaker - don't waste 
your time on a phone or an iPod.

No doubt there will be all sorts of opinions and who knows, someone might come 
up with something we have never suspected.

Not easy I know to compare songs like these that are loud and in your face so 
to speak with something like a songlark.

I'm not counting mimicry so that leaves out lyrebirds - that could be another 


Graeme Chapman

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