Shrike-tit calls

Subject: Shrike-tit calls
From: Graeme Chapman <>
Date: Sun, 13 Jan 2013 16:14:17 +1100
Hello Peter,

Just to pick up on your comment that "I'm not sure where Phil's idea of 'very 
different Calls' comes from". Until I'd spent some time at O'Reillys in the 
rainforest I would have agreed with Phil - the calls of Northern Shrike Tits do 
sound different to Eastern Shrike-tits but now that I have had more experience 
I would modify that statement to ......sound different to most Eastern 

In my experience, the rainforest inhabiting birds at O'Reillys (a very odd 
habitat for a Shrike-tit) do have in their repertoire calls that are almost 
identical to the northern Shrike-tits at Drysdale River. I've heard and 
recorded lots of Eastern Shrike-tits and haven't heard "northern" type calls 
anywhere but at O'Reillys. I would be interested to know where you've heard 
these calls in the east - they must surely occur elsewhere because you are 
obviously familiar with them. Unfortunately we know so little about the entire 
repertoire of all but a few of our native birds in Australia that it's 
downright embarrassing.

For those who are interested in the different Shrike-tit calls, my website has 
a  good selection where they can be compared easily .


 Graeme Chapman

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