Re : mimicry

Subject: Re : mimicry
From: David Stewart <>
Date: Wed, 20 Jan 1999 12:00:02 +1100
Hullo Una

I think you will find your bird is a frog known as White-browed Chirper
(Sphenophryne pluvialis). This frog will call during the day particularly if
it is raining.

Once I thought I had recorded the sound of Pied Monarch in Julatten State
Forest and it turned to be Sphenophryne fryi. They both sound quite like a
reversing truck.

If you can get a sound recording and send it to me I can certainly let you
know what it is.


Dave Stewart

>A friend of mine who lives in the upland rainforest at Kuranda, Far North
>Queensland, asked me today if I could identify a bird she hears but never
>sees. Her husband drives a tourist bus and when he reverses the bus it emits
>a rhythmic Beep-Beep-Beep sound - which the bird imitates perfectly. Any
>ideas what the bird might be??
>I live down on the coast in a pleasantly untidy and bird - friendly suburb;
>last spring I'm pretty sure I heard a perfect imitation of the "Microsoft
>music" which the computer plays when first switched on, but I was indoors at
>the time and saw no bird, and have never heard it again. Probably Bill Gates
>threatened to sue??
>Una Stephenson. 

David Stewart
P O Box 256
Mullumbimby  NSW 2482
PH/FAX 02 66840127

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