Bird Songs

To: Chris Davey <>, 'Philip Veerman' <>, 'Jacob Johnson' <>, "" <>
Subject: Bird Songs
From: John Harris <>
Date: Fri, 18 Sep 2020 03:54:04 +0000

Yes of course.

When I tried to help Jacob distinguish the two birds by their calls by suggesting he go to the COG website, I also tried to be helpful by adding the observation that the Golden whistler was probably ‘more musical’ . I was being non-technical and guessing it was the GW that caught his attention. I have had both GW and GST in my yard for about three months. The GST utters only its single-note metallic ‘ching’ or ‘klute’ or however you choose to try to spell it. The GW utters a multiple note song and is by far the most obvious and the one people always ask me about. No one has ever asked me about the GST song. Cheers



From: Chris Davey <>
Date: Friday, 18 September 2020 at 12:10 pm
To: Philip Veerman <>, "" <>, 'Jacob Johnson' <>, chatline <>
Subject: RE: [Canberrabirds] Bird Songs


Musical concerns the brain of the beholder. I do not regard heavy rock as musical but many do. Chris


From: Philip Veerman [
Sent: Thursday, 17 September 2020 8:46 PM
To: 'John Harris'; 'Jacob Johnson';
Subject: Re: [Canberrabirds] Bird Songs


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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