I am from SA so I have only seen noisy pitta once at Dorrigo and had assumed
that they were sedentary, so your note about migration got me looking up
HANZAB and this is what it had to say.
According to HANZAB, the birds migrate at night and are altitudinal
migrants to coast in autumn winter. HANZAB also indicates that they call
at night although this seems to be more related to breeding season, although
it lists references that don't seem to relate to time of year.
On 29 April 2010 09:51, Roger McNeill <> wrote:
> Sunday morning I woke up about 3:45 to the sound of a Noisy Pitta calling
> as it flew over the house. The first was loud enough to wake me up and the
> bird called 3 more two note phrases as it flew into the distance. My home
> is about 8K's away from Mt Glorious, as the pitta flys, where they breed.
> The bird was flying towards the South East.
> I mentioned this to Tom Tarrent who lives up the road and he had a similar
> experience about 20 years ago, coincidently also in April when he was
> camping in Dayboro.
> When I lived in the US, I often sat outside on Spring nights and counted
> the different species of migrating birds by their call notes. Indigo
> Buntings, Yellow and Black-billed Cuckoos, various Sparrows and Thrushes all
> have distinctive nocturnal flight calls, but again this was mostly in the
> Any comments to this, do other people regularly hear pittas during their
> autumn migrations?
> Roger McNeill
> Samford Valley, SEQ
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