birding-aus Mystery Night (?) Bird

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Subject: birding-aus Mystery Night (?) Bird
From: COOK David <>
Date: Wed, 8 Sep 1999 12:15:14 +1000
Hi All
A teaser for all you night birdcall experts. Over the last few nights we've
had a bird calling (between about 11:00pm and 3:00am) which we can't
identify (or even spot! - it's very shy of torchlight and clams up as soon
as I shine it). It's call could be best described as a single note,
descending "choo", and seems to call from fairly low branches. There has
been a Pallid Cuckoo calling nightly for about a week or so, to our
surprise, but I've never heard one make this particular call before. There
are also Horsfield's Bronze-cuckoos around, but this call seems lower than
their normal call. We live in a rural area about 25km north of Canberra,
comprising mainly open mixed-eucalypt woodland, if that helps. Any
suggestions would be most welcome.
David Cook
via Bungendore, NSW 
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