To: Canberra Birds <>
Subject: Pishing
From: John Leonard <>
Date: Sat, 2 May 2009 12:15:34 +1000
As I understand squeaking is where you suck air in through lips in a
kiss shape, and pishing is forcing air out whilst moving the lips
rapidly to make the syllables 'psh-psh-psh...'

I find that either of these can work in Australia, squeaking seems to
work better for Fairywrens and White-browed Schrubwren and pishing for
Thornbills (particularly Weebills and Brown Thornbills).

But the effects are variable and sometimes you can gather quite a
crowd of birds, other times they seem uninterested.

John Leonard

2009/5/2 Jim Longworth <>:
> This technique works well in Southern Africa, as it imitates the scolding or
> alarm call of the ubiquitous cisticolas, in particular the Rattling
> Cisticola.  There must be some Australian birds that have such an alarm
> call? Or maybe it’s a ghost of evolution past from an ancestral passerine.
> Jim
> From: martin butterfield 
> Sent: Saturday, 2 May 2009 8:41 AM
> To: COG List
> Subject: [canberrabirds] Pishing
> Following my post yeasterday I was asked for a little more information about
> the technique of 'squeaking'.  Through a convoluted thought process this led
> me to Google "Pishing" which gave a link to
> ; I was intrigued to see the comment that
> this technique doesn't work where there are no tits or chickadees.  As far
> as I can tell there are no tits or chickadees (in fact no members of the
> Paridae)  in Australia but many people seem to find pishing effective.
> Please explain?
> Martin

John Leonard

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