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NT bird call ID - help please

Wed 09 Dec, 2020 8:33 pm

When I visited the Northern Territory a couple of years ago, I repeatedly heard a bird call in the coastal areas (e.g. I heard it in Darwin itself), but I never saw the bird involved, and was never able to identify it.

I have since heard the same bird call on a TV programme and, from that, I attach a sound clip.

Can anybody identify the bird for me?

Thanks.
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NT-bird-call.mp4 [ 32.08 KiB | Viewed 7268 times ]

Last edited by durks on Thu 10 Dec, 2020 8:08 pm, edited 1 time in total.

Re: NT bird call ID - help please

Thu 10 Dec, 2020 9:10 am

Have a look at the Australian Bustard - if you search here https://avibase.bsc-eoc.org/checklist.jsp?lang=EN&p2=3&list=howardmoore&synlang=&region=AUno&version=images&lifelist=&highlight=0, it's on page 3. I'm not sure if it's the same bird producing this call or just a secondary call on the recording. There's also a rather alarming growling sound..... from viewing more clips of the bustard it may be a male doing his mating display.

Or possibly a curlew?

Re: NT bird call ID - help please

Thu 10 Dec, 2020 11:27 am

Peaceful dove.

Re: NT bird call ID - help please

Thu 10 Dec, 2020 7:05 pm

There you go.
Some lovely footage on YouTube.

Re: NT bird call ID - help please

Thu 10 Dec, 2020 8:06 pm

peregrinator wrote:Peaceful dove.


That's great - thanks very much! I have been trying to get an ID for a couple of years now.

And https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ROh9-t5v89A indeed shows the bird calling.

My copy of the Morcombe field guide shows that bird to be fairly widely distributed, in fact - but I don't think I'd heard it before I travelled to the northern part of the Northern Territory.

Eremophila: great detective work to locate that call in the background of the Australian Bustard recording!

Thanks again all - mystery solved!

Re: NT bird call ID - help please

Thu 10 Dec, 2020 8:54 pm

Indeed, it was in the background of more than one recording!

Avibase was something of a rabbit hole....
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