Fw: Intriguing bird-sound

To: "Birding-aus" <>
Subject: Fw: Intriguing bird-sound
From: "Greg and Val Clancy" <>
Date: Sun, 14 Sep 2014 09:42:54 +1000
I meant to c.c. this to Birding-aus but hit 'reply' instead of 'reply all'.

Hi Tom,

The booming sound is a female Emu.  The cuckoo-like call sounds familiar but
I will need to give it some more thought.

I was listening to a couple of female Coastal Emus today.  I am involved in
a survey for the Clarence Landcare on this endangered population.  The
proposed route of the Pacific Highway upgrade near Grafton will cut through
the Coastal Emu's habitat and will further endanger the species.  For those
who haven't already signed my petition to the NSW Minister for the
Environment you can access it with the following link:



Dr Greg. P. Clancy
Ecologist and Birding-wildlife Guide
| PO Box 63 Coutts Crossing NSW 2460
| 02 6649 3153  | 0429 601 960

-----Original Message----- From: Tom Tarrant
Sent: Thursday, September 11, 2014 5:45 PM
Subject: Intriguing bird-sound

Recently whilst 'tagging' acoustic recordings from Sturt NP from June 2012
I noticed a strange call like a child beating a small drum.
At first I thought that it resembled a Tawny Frogmouth (TAFM) but it
definitely has a 'drum-like' quality which I can't hear on other recordings
of TAFM.

I've put two audio-grabs on my audio website
the drumming is present on both and there is a more orthodox bird-sound on
the second which resembles Horsfield's Bronze-Cuckoo (but I'm sure that
it's not)

Could the call be a buttonquail or (heavens-forbid) a Plains-Wanderer? I've
been through the Xeno-Canto <>, AVoCet
and Macauley library
<> websites but
can't find anything that fits,

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