FW: [canberrabirds] More wirra and zhink

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Subject: FW: [canberrabirds] More wirra and zhink
From: "Geoffrey Dabb" <>
Date: Thu, 2 Dec 2010 17:28:11 +1100

More of the same this afternoon. 


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From: Geoffrey Dabb [
Sent: Wednesday, 1 December 2010 7:39 PM
Subject: [canberrabirds] Wirra and zhink


I have mentioned that the Finniss Crescent Mr K is saying ‘wirra-wirra’ a lot more than ‘koel’.  There were plenty of ‘wirra-wirras’ this afternoon, plus a soft ‘whirrooo’ given in flight, in the small reserve on the south side of Carnegie.  Hanzab says the ‘Coo-ee’, to use the Hanzabese, is given before the female arrives and responds, when ‘Whurroo’ is given repeatedly and excitedly.  A female was flying around today giving a sharp nasal ‘zhink’ when moved on by the RWBs.  I suppose ‘zhink’ might be what Hanzab calls ‘keek’.  Either the M or F once gave an arrestingly loud resonant ‘wuh-huh-huh’, the previous reporting of which, if indeed it has occurred in any of various possible verbalised forms, has not so far been found by me.     

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