What is Australia's Noisiest and Quietest Bird?

Subject: What is Australia's Noisiest and Quietest Bird?
From: Michael Whitehead <>
Date: Mon, 8 Nov 2004 22:12:37 +1100 (EST)
Taking an adaptionist approach the loudest bird would probably have to be heard in the rainforest. The complex environment provides an impediment to sound so avian sirynxes (sirynces?) have got to be extra loud. How much louder would a White-throated treecreeper be if you brought her out into the open?

Michael Todd <> wrote:
Hello all,

I'd second both of the previous suggestions. Sulphur-crested Cockatoo would
have to be among the loudest and all the quail-thrushes would qualify as
being hard to hear when they are giving contact calls.

I'd just like to add the emuwrens to the quiet list. Even their full song
is quite soft. As one of my hobbies is audio recordings I can definitely
say thay emuwrens are the hardest birds to get good recordings
of. Extremely frustrating! All I can say is that they must have great hearing.


Mick Todd
Toronto, NSW

At 09:27 PM 8/11/2004, knightl wrote:

>On Monday, November 8, 2004, at 05:47 PM, Edwin Vella wrote:
>>Also what is the quietest bird inAustralia(to normal hearing)?
>I take it that you mean, which bird is the hardest to hear when it is
>calling at it's loudest? [Any bird can be quiet if it isn't calling or is
>just burbling to itself]
>If that is the case, one candidate would probably be the spotted quail
>thrush, which has a high-pitched call that some people can't hear.
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