Re: Birds of New Ireland

To: (alex heathwood),
Subject: Re: Birds of New Ireland
From: Ronald Orenstein <>
Date: Thu, 16 Jan 1997 07:55:14 -0500
At 05:59 PM 1/16/97 +1100, you wrote:
>Would a Torresian Crow make a noise like a dog?

I don't know about New Ireland, but if the birds there sound anything like
the ones on New Britain I would say that this is not too bad a description.
 My notes, published in CONDOR 78: 371-374 (1976), say: 

"...C. o. insularis appears short-tailed in flight compared to other races
in New Guinea and Australia, and has a different call - a short
"wruk...wruk-wruk..."  Heinroth (1903) and Dahl (1899) record a local name,
Kotkott, based on this two-syllabled call.  A captive of Heinroth's also
delivered  "a very droll song - krah, krah, kraoaaa" - with an altogether
comical sound to the prolonged last syllable" (translated from German).
This seems similar to calls given by other Australian corvids."

C. o. insularis is the race found throughout the Bismarcks, so this might
fit New Ireland birds as well.
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