Western Shrike-tit

Subject: Western Shrike-tit
From: Frank O'Connor <>
Date: Thu, 19 Feb 2009 01:11:07 +0900

Phil Gregory asked about the calls of the Western Shrike-tit compared to the Eastern Shrike-tit. The WST does not respond to the BOCA tape, but will readily respond to the call from David Stewart's CD of South West birds.

I find that it very seldom calls, and when it does, it only gives a small number of calls often spaced by quite some time. I have had it imitate other birds including Western Yellow Robin. The call is often closer than it sounds (sometimes about half the distance I thought it would be). They move around very slowly so it is very easy to walk past them. I haven't heard them tear bark in SW WA.

Apart from the bird that looks at itself in the window of the Stirling Range Retreat, I find them very difficult to find, and I walk around slowly in likely places listening for the call. Dryandra State Forest is a very good place to look for them. I have always found them along Collins Road off the Brookton Highway (about 80 minutes or so from Perth), but it can take quite a while. The more eyes looking for them the better. They occur in the karri forest also.

Frank O'Connor           Birding WA
Phone : (08) 9386 5694 Email :

To unsubscribe from this mailing list, send the message: unsubscribe (in the body of the message, with no Subject line)

<Prev in Thread] Current Thread [Next in Thread>

The University of NSW School of Computer and Engineering takes no responsibility for the contents of this archive. It is purely a compilation of material sent by many people to the birding-aus mailing list. It has not been checked for accuracy nor its content verified in any way. If you wish to get material removed from the archive or have other queries about the archive e-mail Andrew Taylor at this address: andrewt@cse.unsw.EDU.AU