Bird Songs

To: 'John Harris' <>, 'Jacob Johnson' <>, "" <>
Subject: Bird Songs
From: Philip Veerman <>
Date: Thu, 17 Sep 2020 10:46:14 +0000

I suggest the sounds are very different (more than appearance - other than size and other than an adult make GW). Hard to suggest that the Golden Whistler is more “musical” than the Grey Shrike-thrush. During winter which we are just coming out of and in the suburbs we generally don’t get much repertoire of either. Usually the single “klute” call of the Grey Shrike-thrush and the single rising whistle call of the Golden Whistler.




From: John Harris [
Sent: Wednesday, 16 September, 2020 11:17 AM
To: Jacob Johnson;
Subject: Re: [Canberrabirds] Bird Songs


Hi Jacob,

There are a number of places where you can listen to recorded bird songs.

Both of these birds are easiest accessed on our Canberra birds website. Got Our Birds and select Bird Info. Both those birds’ songs are recorded.

I suggest that if the call was very obvious and musical, that it was probably a Golden whistler. The female is not easy to distinguish from the Grey Shrike Thrush ay a distance. Cheers



From: Jacob Johnson <>
Date: Wednesday, 16 September 2020 at 7:16 am
To: chatline <>
Subject: [Canberrabirds] Bird Songs


Hi everyone,


Today I heard a Bird song which is either a Grey Shrikethrush or Golden Whistler. How do I tell the songs apart?





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