Sore heads and porky pardalotes

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Subject: Sore heads and porky pardalotes
From: Carol Probets <>
Date: Wed, 5 Jan 2005 13:56:39 +1100
Philip and all,

I remember reading somewhere that the name "Headache-bird" is because of its tendency to call incessantly, thus resulting in a headache for anyone in the vicinity! However I've never found the call to be too objectionable, even though they do call repetitively while breeding.

To add to the list of phrases given for the call, another I've heard is "I'm singing", which I guess is self-evident.



At 10:17 PM +1100 4/1/05, Philip A. Veerman wrote:
Hi John,

The "Miss Piggy" (no doubt the muppets character) refers to the same thing as "Paul Keating" in McComas Taylor's field guide or "sleep baby" in other books. It is a reference to what their call is supposed to sound like. I well remember that in early primary school days, the Spotted Pardalote was the first native bird whose call I learned and wondered at what it was and that was long before I knew it was made by a bird. I also remember mid high school days when I first found the bird making the call.

Funny that a tiny bird with basically no burrowing adaptations builds a nest burrow in sand or soil. Although they are fairly tame, and will sometimes sit on a person's head, I have never know one to dig a hole inside a living person's head, so I can't really explain the "Headache-bird" name (for that or any other reason).


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