Thank you for all the replies both on and off-list. It seems that some pied currawong's can mimic the koel call very well.
I think I will stick to reporting visual sightings in future :)
--- On Mon, 24/8/09, martin butterfield <> wrote:
From: martin butterfield <>
Subject: Re: [canberrabirds] Red-capped Robin [SEC=UNCLASSIFIED]
To: "Phil M" <>
Received: Monday, 24 August, 2009, 10:42 AM
When this topic (ie unexpected koel calls) was previously raised on the chatline (http://bioacoustics.cse.unsw.edu.au/archives/html/canberrabirds/2008-03/msg00178.html
) and (http://bioacoustics.cse.unsw.edu.au/archives/html/canberrabirds/2007-01/msg00135.html
) the answer was pied currawong calls.
We had one Eastern Koel in Carwoola (near Christmas 2007): it didn't hang around long - to the pleasure of tour neighbours whose property it was both seen and heard in. Also the location is not, as the cuckoo flies, very far from Southern Canberra and about level with N Kambah. As far as I am aware this is the only extra-urban record (see
Canberra Bird Notes March 2009 p 33).
On Mon, Aug 24, 2009 at 10:15 AM, Phil M <m("yahoo.com.au","acanthaster2002");" target=_blank rel=nofollow ymailto="">>
Ok. Scrap the koel bit. Given how distinct the call is, I'm not sure what I confused it with. Could a lyrebird mimic it?
The call sounded like the first part of this sample:
From: Marnix Zwankhuizen <m("aec.gov.au","Marnix.Zwankhuizen");" target=_blank rel=nofollow ymailto="">>
Subject: RE: [canberrabirds] Red-capped Robin [SEC=UNCLASSIFIED]
To: "'Phil M'" <m("yahoo.com.au","acanthaster2002");" target=_blank rel=nofollow ymailto="">>
Received: Monday, 24 August, 2009, 9:54 AM
The Red-capped Robins are a good find. They seem to be getting fairly common in the Mulligans-Goorooyarro reserves lately with over 3-4 birds able to be seen some years spread out across the reserve.
I’m not sure about your Koel’s though. As far as I know they have not arrived yet as they are summer migrants to southern Australia. The first birds don’t tend to arrive around Sydney and the Blue Mts until late September at the earliest and we don’t tend to get them until October, and then as far as I know they only hang around the inner Canberra leafy suburbs.
Not sure what else you could have heard.
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