Butcherbird song

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Subject: Butcherbird song
From: "simon starr" <>
Date: Mon, 5 Apr 2010 23:25:47 +1000
I'm loving the bird song stories.
I have heard a Grey Butcherbird give its whisper song just once, in the 
Murray-Sunset NP near Wymlet tank, sorry cant remember the time of year but I 
think it was autumn or winter.  It mimicked a number of species found in the 
area, and was quite mesmorising to listen to.  The song was quiet, the bird was 
alone, and really I think it was probably amusing itself !

An even more memorable experience for me was a Pied Butcherbird one fine sunny 
autumn afternoon, in a sugar gum at the back of my house ( Pyramid Hill, 
Northern Vic)
who broke into the most beautiful song I have ever heard from any bird.  ( yes 
I've heard Nightingales ).   It was incredibly complex, flowing and melodic, 
did not include mimicry, but to the human ear was just so beautiful.  I've 
never heard anything anywhere close from a Pied Butcherbird since.  We have a 
pair here at the moment singing/duetting, some nice notes and phrases, but this 
bird on this particular day really did produce something extraordinary. I so 
wish I had been able to record it.
And I wish they did it more often :-)

Simon Starr.

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