White-plumed Honeyeater calls

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Subject: White-plumed Honeyeater calls
From: "Peter Shute" <>
Date: Mon, 1 Jan 2007 21:38:29 +1100
Happy New Year, everyone. I've finally identified the "little green birds" that 
have invaded my street (Altona, Vic) in the last few weeks - White-plumed 
Honeyeaters.  It took a while before I was able to see that they had a white 
neck plume at all, let alone a black line above it.  The books make these look 
obvious, but I find they often almost disappear unless the bird's head is 

Anyway, I was thinking White-plumed Honeyeater was the only possibility, except 
that the calls I'm hearing don't match what the books describe at all.  I'm 
hearing tsip (pause) tsip all day as they feed, and kikikikiki at dusk.  
Simpson & Day says chick-owee and chick-abiddy. Slater says chee-uck-oo-wee and 
chick-wist chick-wist. The latter also says ti ti ti is an alarm call, but my 
kikikikiki doesn't sound like an alarm call.

I know these descriptions can easily be interpreted in different ways, but what 
I'm hearing is very different. Has anyone else heard these different calls?

Peter Shute

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