Re: Cicadabird chirps

To: Philip A Veerman <>
Subject: Re: Cicadabird chirps
From: "Ian A. Baird" <>
Date: Sat, 07 Nov 1998 11:17:08 +1000
Yes, I'm interested. If you're going on any future Cicada Bird
investigatory trips I'd be interested in tagging along
Ian Baird
Philip A Veerman wrote:
> I led an outing for COG into Brindabella National Park (just out of the
> northern edge of ACT border) on 1-11-1998 and my main aim was to find
> Cicadabirds. They are at best, an uncommon (and difficult to find) summer
> migrant to the higher parts of our region. I bought along the BOCA "Field
> guide to Australian Birdsong" cassette (no. 6) and played the calls of the
> Cicadabird. At one site a male Cicadabird appeared and started calling. Of
> course I have no way of knowing whether it heard or responded to the
> recorded call or turned up independently. Although the bird was furtive and
> in the tree tops, fortunately it called often enough and moved little enough
> for us all to see it. That was rewarding but the point of this note is to
> mention that in between their usual odd buzzing it made a whole lot of
> chirping sounds. These were new to me, quite parrot like and totally
> different from the buzzing sound. This same call is included on the BOCA's
> cassette. The available books vary as to whether they include such a sound
> in the species' account. If Pizzey & Knight mention it, it is described as
> the female's call. However this was all the male's doing.  I just thought
> someone might be interested. (I was also intrigued to note that the bird in
> flight, showed a quite striking underwing pattern. It was pleasing to note
> afterwards that Frank Knight's picture shows this.)

Ian Baird
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