[Birding-Aus] Interesting Olive Whistler behaviour

To: Tom Tarrant <>
Subject: [Birding-Aus] Interesting Olive Whistler behaviour
From: calyptorhynchus <>
Date: Tue, 10 Nov 2020 21:54:24 +0000
It was the usual call of the sp in this area, it was the silent gape and the tiny 'peep' before that I hadn't observed before. In fact I haven't seen this behaviour with any bird. I have seen passerines silently gaping, but this is usually a prelude to vomiting a pellet, or just a silent gape with no song (a yawn?).


On Tue, 10 Nov 2020 at 19:04, Tom Tarrant <> wrote:
Hi John,

Don't suppose you managed to record the call? I recorded an unusual-Olive Whistler call a few years ago in S Gippsland and, wonder if they sounded similar?


On Tue, 10 Nov 2020 at 15:42, calyptorhynchus <> wrote:
Today on Mt Franklin Road (Brindabella Ranges, ACT), about 2.5 km beyond the final locked gate I heard two male Olive Whistlers calling at each other using the call the various field guides describes as 'tu WIT tu', but prefacing it with three even notes: 'tu tu tu, tu WIT tu'.

One male was calling from the top of a bush and I observed him calling from about 10m away. What I saw was that before he called he opened his beak, remaining silent for a moment, then uttered a tiny, almost inaudible 'peep' before launching straight into the call. I have not seen this described, and I imagine only a very close recording would capture it, and even then a listener might think it belonged to a different bird.

I have not seen/heard Rufous or Golden Whistlers do anything similar.

John Leonard

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