Ringtail calls

To: Evan Beaver <>, Greg <>
Subject: Ringtail calls
From: Syd Curtis <>
Date: Wed, 04 Apr 2007 21:52:05 +1000
For what it's worth:

>From the Australian Museum's "Complete Book of Australian Mammals" :

    "Although not as noisy as the Common Brushtail, it is a vocal animal and
its presence is often first detected by its soft, high-pitched twittering

BTW, I was once asked by a zoologist friend who had been out spotlighting,
to go with him and witness (lest he be disbelieved) a ringtail dining
happily on the leaves of a young Giant Stinging Tree (Dendrocnide excelsa).

  For those who have not had the experience, the slightest brush with a leaf
of that tree causes severe pain that lasts for days in humans.  I can but
guess that the tree's defence and the possum's tolerance thereto, evolved in



> From: "Evan Beaver" <>
> Date: Wed, 4 Apr 2007 16:29:00 +1000
> To: Greg <>
> Subject: Re: [Birding-Aus] Keeping Lists.. Ringtail calls
> Greg and others,
> My wife asked me the same question last night. I firstly replied that
> it is impossible for me to replicate and then had a shot. And failed.
> It's sort of a twittery whistle, that rises in pitch, and doesn't last
> more than a second. I've tried to think of a birdy comparison but
> nothing comes to mind. Maybe someone else (Graham?) can give a better
> description?
> I've just had a poke around the net and can't find a recording to send
> you. If anyone else has one perhaps they wouldn't mind sharing it?
> Evan

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