My limited experience with Western Shrike-tits in WA was finding a pair in
Dryandra in 2001 while out walking (quite near the boundary - I can't remember
I picked the birds up on call, which was similar enough to an Eastern
Shrike-tit to attract my attention, but certainly was quite different as well.
They did not give the familiar "knock at the door" or "quickitty quop" of the
eastern species (the usual contact call).
Given the difference I am not surprised that they don't respond to the BOCA
tape - another good reason to consider them a different species.
> Date: Thu, 19 Feb 2009 01:11:07 +0900
> Subject: [Birding-Aus] Western Shrike-tit
> 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 http://birdingwa.iinet.net.au
> Phone : (08) 9386 5694 Email :
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