In my current manuscript I make a reference to the call of a kookaburra. I assumed (incorrectly as it turns out) the kookaburra would be one of our Aussie animals that everyone knew, like kangaroos or koalas – because of its call. Uh uh. It’s a shame, because we have so many unique bird calls in Australia that I am sure aren’t replicated anywhere else. I thought I’d share five of my favourites:
1. This is a superb lyrebird. The clip is about 2ish minutes long but you need to watch to the end to see just how incredible this bird is!
2. Kookaburra (or laughing jackass). You would have heard the mimic in the above clip, but here is the actual call.
3. Bellbirds. These sound like little bells and are so pretty…for about the first 10 minutes. But they are *relentless* with their call and prolonged exposure drives you batty!
4. Whip bird. The call usually heard is actually two birds – the male makes the whip sound and the female responds instantly with a “tu tu”. The female response is so perfectly timed a lot of people think it is the one bird making the call.
5. Australian magpie. The magpie has a warble which I think is really pretty.
Do you have a favourite bird call?