Re: RFI: Woodland bird call ID

Subject: Re: RFI: Woodland bird call ID
From: David McDonald <>
Date: Mon, 19 Dec 2005 07:01:15 +1100
Many thanks to those who offered suggestions as to this species' ID. I finally got a recording and played it to some local experts. All agreed that it is one of the less common calls of the Crested Shrike-tit.

On 12/11/05, David McDonald <> wrote:
Greetings. I participate in the Canbera Ornithologists Groups' Woodland Survey. In grassy box woodland near Canberra during the Sept survey I heard a very distinctive call that I could not identify. I described it thus: fairly slow, far-carrying, ventriloquial in that it was hard to work out where it was coming from, evenly spaced notes on a fairly even pitch:
  oo-wa-chew-chew or wa-wa-chew-chew

I conducted the Dec survey today. Same call, same location. Today I noted it as
   too-wer, choo-choo, repeated a couple of times

I've listened to taped calls of some possible species sans success. Any sugestions as to the bird's identity? Very frustrating!

David McDonald
phone (02) 6231 8904
email david. mcdonald AT

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