Are White-throated Needletails noisy or quiet?

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Subject: Are White-throated Needletails noisy or quiet?
From: "Philip A. Veerman" <>
Date: Tue, 9 Nov 2004 23:33:45 +1100
Just responding to what Laurie wrote:
-----Original Message-----From: Philip A. Veerman <>To: knightl <> Date: Tuesday, 9 November 2004 22:54
Subject: What is Australia's Noisiest and Quietest Bird?

Quite apart from the sound of their flight, they (White-throated Needletails) also are quite vocal when doing chasing displays. They emit a high-pitched rapid twitter. Probably most of the time they are too far away to hear. I published a note about this "Chasing and Vocalisation by White-throated Needletails" in Canberra Bird Notes, 13(4):130-131 (1988) and I think (but am not sure) that was included in HANZAB. 
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From: knightl <>
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Date: Monday, 8 November 2004 22:37
Subject: Re: [BIRDING-AUS] What is Australia's Noisiest and Quietest Bird?

On Monday, November 8, 2004, at 09:32  PM, Val Curtis wrote:

> Sulphur-crested Cockatoo without a doubt is the noisest. The quietiest
> might be White-throated Needletails

Actually WTNs make quite a bit of noise as they are slicing through the
air at high speed.  You can hear the wind in their wings at 20 metres

Regards, Laurie.
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