When I was there yesterday, by myself, I located the bird by the tick on 4 occasions. You might need to stand quietly. I also heard the tick higher up the slope, so there could be a second bird. I’d not consulted HANZAB on this before,
but I now find:
‘.. Attention may first be attracted by hearing Tick … which is said to be normal call … Tick given throughout the year … Tick given by both sexes … Attracted to imitation of Tick including by clicking stones together …’ In the detailed
section: ‘Hard, quiet tic … sounding like two pebbles being clicked together … Also described as tick, like sound of small dead stick breaking ..’ etc etc
When first heard it sounded mechanical like a single click of a timing mechanism on watering apparatus.
Incidentally I have heard male Red-capped Robins make a louder double Tick.
From: Steve Read <>
Sent: Monday, 6 August 2018 6:15 PM
Subject: RE: [canberrabirds] P Robin
No audible ticks from the Pink Robin on Saturday, even within 15 metres. Quite silent. Not sure if it was ticked off with being watched, or if someone had ticked it off already…
From: Geoffrey Dabb <>
Sent: Monday, 6 August 2018 6:03 PM
Subject: [canberrabirds] P Robin
If you haven’t seen this bird yet. Notably, but perhaps not surprisingly, its foraging territory is the same as a previous female that was with us for a few weeks and reported, I find from eBird, by Alastair Smith in May 2006. If you
are within about 15 metres you can detect it by the dry single ‘tick’ note.