Mystery bird - Yellow-spotted honeyeater???

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Subject: Mystery bird - Yellow-spotted honeyeater???
From: Vivien Rolland <>
Date: Fri, 21 Dec 2012 08:30:14 +1100
Hi Everyone,

Thanks a lot to people that suggested a few ideas!

I have summarized below what is different between what I heard and what has 
been suggested.
But before I would also like to mention that I am basing my judgment on 
recordings I found and my limited experience in Australia. So there might be 
some variations that I am unaware of and that could fit better what I heard. 
Also, it is quite hard to describe a call with words.

- Lewin's honeyeater: The call I heard was not a rifflegun call. It was a 
series of equally spaced single notes. Does the Lewin's H. has a non riffle gun 
- Sacred kingfisher: The sound of each note was very different, somehow 
smoother than that of a sacred. Additionally, notes in the series were more 
spaced out. The series I heard were loud but somehow peaceful.
- Restless flycatcher: Notes were more spaced out and not quite disyllabic. 
Series were longer. Unless again, there is a variation that goes in that 
- Eastern yellow robin: The call I heard was longer (at least 8 notes per 
series), the space between each note was longer, each note was sightly longer 
and the notes all sounded the same to me (on some EYR recordings, the first 
note differs from the next ones).

It might be an unusual EYR or Restless flycatcher call, or another bird, but 
nothing I have heard so far really fits what I heard.
Obviously it isn't a YSH and I have the feeling it is going to be something 
really trivial in the end. But I want to learn and figure this one out so I 
will probably try to go back there on the week-end. This time bringing my 
camera and a recorder in case I don't see the bird again.

Thanks to everyone who contributed!

All the best,


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