Honeyeaters still on the move in large numbers over Duffy - query

To: casburnj <>
Subject: Honeyeaters still on the move in large numbers over Duffy - query
From: Denis Wilson <>
Date: Fri, 20 Apr 2012 09:57:22 +1000
Hi Jean

Generally, the Yellow-faces go "chip, chjp, chip" and the White-naped HEs go "mew, mew, mew".
Very different calls.

These calls are not necessarily the same as their regular calls when resident in their breeding and feeding grounds.
For example, when migrating the Yellow-faces do not make their longer descending trill call.

These links give you fairly standard calls, not what you will hear on migration routes.
In my experience, Red Wattlebirds, when migrating, gather in groups of up to 30 birds. They travel together, they seldom call when migrating. Very strange for birds which are so aggressive most of the rest of the year.

Hope that helps you.


Denis Wilson

On Fri, Apr 20, 2012 at 9:35 AM, casburnj <> wrote:

To my amazement – out to measure the rainfall and look for earthquake damage (none) – overhead out of the fog – hundreds of Yellow-faced Honeyeaters, and some larger birds that  I assume to be Red Wattlebirds.  I could not see any differences in smaller honeyeaters crossing as the light was not good, but by their voices, the sounds was varied.

Can someone please give me an idea of how to differentiate the sounds of Yellow-faced from White-naped Honeyeaters please?




Denis Wilson
"The Nature of Robertson"

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