Re: birding-aus Pied Butcherbird Song

To: Nigel Sterpin <>
Subject: Re: birding-aus Pied Butcherbird Song
From: "Lawrence E. Conole" <>
Date: Sun, 19 Sep 1999 00:30:58 +1000
Nigel Sterpin wrote:

> Just had an enjoyable trip to the Sunset country in Northern Victoria.
> Saw a Pied Butcherbird for the first time and read up on its details.
> All the field guides suggest it is arguably the most wonderful song of
> any Australian Bird (and I already thought the Grey Butcherbird was
> pretty good), but I didn't get to hear it.
> Is it really something worth hearing and are any other birds in its
> 'class'?

Just imagine a very fine pipe organ in a fantastic outdoor setting -
that almost comes close to the sound of Pied Butcherbirds piping the

Australia has plenty of impressive songsters though - you've already
mentioned Grey Butcherbird; Australian Magpie is no slouch (we're just
blase about them 'coz they're ubiquitous); Grey Shrike-thrush; etc.


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